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Set the record straight with Natural History Museum Animal Records

22 November 2007

Do you know why it is almost impossible to swat a fly? Or which small, yet frightening frog carries enough poison to kill 20,000 mice?

You'll find the answers, along with many more facts, in the new Natural History Museum Animal Records book by Mark Carwardine, launched today.

Cover of new Museum book Animal Records

Cover of new Museum book Animal Records

There are more than 250 pages filled with stunning photographs, fascinating facts and all the latest discoveries.

Mark Carwardine is an award-winning writer, photographer and radio presenter. Author of  more than 40 books, he presented the BBC radio programme Nature for six years.

Natural History Museum Animal Records was put together with the help of many of the 300 Natural History Museum scientists. Full of intriguing insights into brilliant and bizarre creatures, it reveals all about the most colourful animals to the most resourceful, the highest living and the most inquisitive.

Which creature has transparent skin? The skin on a glass frog's belly is so clear that its muscles and organs are visible.

Which birds build the most populous nests? Sociable weaver birds build enormous communal nests containing 100 individually woven grass nests. The communal nests are sometimes so heavy they can cause trees to collapse.

The animals with the most specialised diets are the lizards, chameleons and geckos. The snake lizard only eats scorpions. The thorny devil lizard (shown in image at the top) only eats ants of the genus Iridomyrmex .

Natural History Museum Animal Records is a definitive guide to the most exceptional creatures on Earth and will appeal to all the family.

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