Poo, Spew and Other Gross Things Animals Do!

May 2022
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    31st May 2022
  • ISBN 9781486314867
  • Language English
  • Pages 92 pp.
  • Size 8" x 9"
  • Images color illus and photos throughout

Poo, Spew and Other Gross Things Animals Do! will show you how being gross isn't just hilarious – it can be an important survival strategy for animals all over the world.

Take a deep breath and step into the world of not just poo, but also spew, snot, and all the other gross things animals do to survive and thrive. From using poo to build a nest, leaving stinky secretions to find a mate, or oozing slime to deter a predator, the animals in this book are amazing… and revolting.

Discover a whole world of poo, learn how to be a poo detective, and meet some of the great scientists doing gross and yucky work!

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might even throw up!

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 8 to 12.


  • Shows how gross, but fascinating, behaviors can be essential for animals to live.
  • Highlights some of the weird things scientists get up to and includes interviews with real scientists.
  • Packed with fabulous and fun illustrations by Rachel Tribout.

About the authors
1: Animal grossness
2: You ate what?
3: Home, stinky home
4: Love is gross
5: Grossness as self-defence
6: Poo detectives
7: Gross stuff makes the world go round
8: World’s grossest animals revealed
Poos of the world
Picture credits

Nicole Gill

Nicole Gill is a Tasmanian author, environmental writer and conservation dog handler. Her dog, Zorro, is a Tasmanian masked owl vomit detection dog, and is also an avid consumer of books, albeit in a more literal sense than Nic would like.

Romane Cristescu

Dr. Romane Cristescu trained and worked as a vet in France before relocating to Australia to study koalas. She is also a poo science evangelist, who likes nothing more than discussing the illuminating qualities of animal excrement at otherwise polite parties.

Rachel Tribout

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animals; ecology; biology; scat; humor; animal behavior, wildlife