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    • ISBN:9781787475922
    • Publication date:02 May 2019

True or Poo?

By Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti

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The follow-through to the international sensation Does it Fart?

Dozens of further filthy animal facts and falsehoods: the follow-through to the international bestselling sensation Does it Fart?

How many spiders do you eat in your sleep? What does the ice-cream you eat have to do with the back end of a beaver? Do komodo dragons have toxic slobber? Is it true that a scorpion that sheds its tail dies of constipation? How far actually are you from the nearest rat? Can you get high from licking toads, or is that...fake newts?

All this and far, far more can be found in True or Poo, a guide to the wonders of the natural world: and a manual for disgusting and one-upping your friends and enemies for years to come.

Biographical Notes

Nick Caruso (Author)
Nick Caruso is a PhD student and salamander expert at the University of Alabama.

Dani Rabaiotti (Author)
Dani Rabaiotti is a PhD candidate and zoologist who studies African wild dogs and climate change at London Zoo.

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  • ISBN: 9781787475915
  • Publication date: 18 Oct 2018
  • Page count: 160
  • Imprint: Quercus
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