Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence

Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence

by Nick Caruso, Dani Rabaiotti


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From the scientist duo behind True or Poo?, their original New York Times bestselling sensation—a scientifically precise, fully illustrated, utterly hilarious guide to animal flatulence.

Dogs do it. Millipedes do it. Dinosaurs did it. You do it. I do it. Octopuses don't (and nor do octopi). Spiders might do it: more research is needed. Birds don't do it, but they could if they wanted to. Herrings do it to communicate with each other.

In 2017 zoologist Dani Rabaiotti's teenage brother asked her a most teenaged question: Do snakes fart? Stumped, Rabaiotti turned to Twitter. The internet did not disappoint. Her innocent question spawned the hashtag #doesitfart and it spread like a noxious gas. Dozens of noted experts began weighing in on which animals do and don't fart, and if they do, how much, how often, what it's made of, what it smells like, and why.

Clearly, the public demands more information on animal farts. Does it Fart? fills that void: a fully authoritative, fully illustrated guide to animal flatulence, covering the habits of 80 animals in more detail than you ever knew you needed.

What do hyena farts smell especially bad? What is a fossa, and does it fart? Why do clams vomit but not fart? And what is a fart, really? Pairing hilarious illustrations with surprisingly detailed scientific explanations, Does it Fart? will allow you to shift the blame onto all kinds of unlikely animals for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316484152
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Does It Fart Series , #1
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 50,461
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

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

Nick Caruso is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, his research focuses on ecology and conservation of Appalachian salamanders and of herpetofauna in the Florida panhandle.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Herring 1

Goat 2

Sonoran coral snake 4

Baboon 5

Millipede 7

Beaded lacewing 8

Horse 10

Kangaroo 11

Bolson pupfish 13

African wild dog 14

Bat 16

Portuguese man o' war 17

Parrot 18

Unicorn 21

Sea anemone 22

Spider 23

Rhinoceros 24

Elephant 27

Bearded dragon 28

Cheetah 29

Zebra 31

Dinosaur 32

Lion 34

Goldfish 35

Termite 37

Whale 38

African buffalo 40

Brown rat 41

Honey badger 42

Giraffe 45

Striped skunk 46

Red fox 47

Ferret 48

Seal and sea lion 51

Guinea pig 52

Grizzly bear 53

Sea cucumber 54

Bird 57

Llama 58

Sloth 59

Salamander 60

Chimpanzee 63

Silver-spotted skipper 64

Eastern hognose snake 65

Sand tiger shark 66

Frog 69

American cockroach 70

Orangutan 71

Rabbit 73

Dog 74

Painted turtle 76

Colobus monkey 77

West Indian manatee 79

Spotted hyena 80

Bobcat 82

Python 83

Cat 85

Tortoise 86

Camel 88

Iguana 89

Gecko 90

Octopus 93

Mongoose 94

Gorilla 95

Woodlouse 96

Fossa 99

Soft-shell clam 100

Snow leopard 101

Cow 102

Dolphin 104

Lemur 106

Diving beetle 107

Hippopotamus 108

Koala 111

Tapir 112

Megalodon 113

Wombat 114

Warthog 116

Hamster 117

Human 118

Glossary 121

About the authors 130

Acknowledgments 133

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Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jennifer_Houle More than 1 year ago
Have a kid who hasn't quite gotten into reading yet? Or know an adult who likes science stuff and still giggles when someone says "fart"? This book pretty much has something for everyone across that spectrum and in between. DOES IT FART? was born from a Twitter conversation between two zoologists about whether or not snakes farted, which led to a lengthy list of #DoesItFart questions being asked. The book compiles a long list of animals and talks about their different farts (in some cases, what foods they eat that cause them to fart; in other cases, how fast their farts are---like with certain fish). It's a great scientific way to lure children into reading, and provides a really helpful glossary at the back of the book for some of the larger and/or science specific words. It's a great book as a conversation starter. Basically, buy this book for everyone you know. I mean, who wouldn't be interested in learning things like do millipedes fart (yes) or sea cucumbers (no)?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the mother of boys who are always interested in farts and find them the funniest things ever, I knew I had to read this book and I’m so glad I did! I learned a lot and had some laughs along the way too. The authors have researched all kinds of animals from birds, to roly-polys, to camels. It briefly describes the digestive systems of each of these creatures and adds some humor to it as well. Most animals, it appears, fart but some do not. While having a chuckle here and there, I was amazed at the enormous amount of information that I absorbed along the way. I think this is a delightful book for young children on up to adults. You never stop learning and you never stop laughing. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly done.