You'll learn why one stick-insect copulation lasts for 10 weeks (to prevent other males from gaining access to the fertile female) and why the black-winged damselfly's penis has bristles (to scrape out his rival's sperm). You'll learn that male and female orangutans masturbate with sex toys fashioned from leaves and twigs, that slugs are hermaphrodites with penises on their heads, and that females in more than 80 species eat their lovers before, during, or after sex. You'll also ponder human sexuality when you learn that "monogamy is one of the most deviant behaviors in biology" (although jackdaws, chinstrap penguins, California mice, and some termites swear by it) and "natural selection, it seems, often smiles on strumpets."
Highly recommended--you'll read this through just for the fun of it and have plenty of odd facts with which to dazzle your dinner companions. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fresh writing and an interesting topic makes for a very enjoyable and educational read.
This book only took me a couple of hours to read, but I've been going back to it ever since just to read snippets for fun.
It gives great insight into the workings of the nature world and explains why all the fuss with sexual reproduction.
Absolutely fantastic! I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who is interested in the science of sex. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tuffghost
This book is filled with a great deal of information, all provided with wit and panache. One of the best popular science books out there. You won't be disappointed!Published 1 month ago by ged2phd
I read this book years ago, then loaned it, lost it and needed to have it around for a good laugh and good info. LOVE IT!Published 1 month ago by sharon Potter
Book Arrived in record time I don't know how you guys do it! Well written and very clear. Was a welcome addition to my library.Published 2 months ago by David Emond
If you or someone you know likes animals, is nerdy, has a great sense of humor and has a love advice columns, then you found the perfect book! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danielle George
i love the way the author explain how the sexual behavior in animals through stories like if you were reading letters to Dear Abby. amazing! a good book to read.Published 3 months ago by jadga
This is a fantastic book! Full of interesting factoids and loaded with laughs. I've read many of her stories already and enjoy the learning experience. :)Published 4 months ago by Jim