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Did you know that a groundhog is really a type of squirrel? That squirrels control their body temperature with their tails? That most squirrels have yellow-tinted eye lenses that work like sunglasses to reduce glare? That tree squirrels can turn their hind feet completely around when climbing down a tree head-first? In Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide, Richard W. Thorington Jr. and Katie Ferrell unveil the fascinating world of one of the most watched mammals on the planet.

The diversity of squirrels is astounding. There are 278 species that inhabit all continents except Antarctica and Australia, varying in size from the lumbering 18-pound gray marmot to the graceful pygmy flying squirrel that is smaller than most mice. In many parts of the world they readily share human habitats, joining us for lunch in a city park, raiding our bird feeders, and sneaking into college dorm rooms through open windows. Reviled as pests or loved as an endearing amusement, squirrels have played important roles in trade, literature, and mythology.

Thorington and Ferrell cover every aspect of this diverse animal family, from the first squirrels of 36 million years ago to the present day. With over one hundred photographs and an intuitive question-and-answer format, this authoritative and engaging guide sheds light on a common mammal that is anything but commonplace.

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They are very cute. They are very energetic. But they are not very good at answering questions about themselves, so Thornington and Ferrell give us the lowdown on one of the most watched mammals on the planet. For example, squirrels have yellow eye lenses that work like sunglasses, they flip their tails about to control their body temperature, and prairie dogs are actually closet squirrels. They cover squirrel form and function, coat color, genetics, behavior, ecology, reproduction and development, foods and feeding, problems with squirrels from a human viewpoint, problems with humans from a squirrel's viewpoint, squirrels in stories and literature, and such "squirrelology" as the best and least known species and the arcane science of recognizing individual squirrels. The text is accessible and lively, the questions are apt (how do you make a flying squirrel anyway?) and amply supported by photographs.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

They are very cute. They are very energetic. But they are not very good at answering questions about themselves, so Thornington and Ferrell give us the lowdown on one of the most watched mammals on the planet. For example, squirrels have yellow eye lenses that work like sunglasses, they flip their tails about to control their body temperature, and prairie dogs are actually closet squirrels. They cover squirrel form and function, coat color, genetics, behavior, ecology, reproduction and development, foods and feeding, problems with squirrels from a human viewpoint, problems with humans from a squirrel's viewpoint, squirrels in stories and literature, and such "squirrelology" as the best and least known species and the arcane science of recognizing individual squirrels. The text is accessible and lively, the questions are apt (how do you make a flying squirrel anyway?) and amply supported by photographs. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This entertaining guide unveils the fascinating world of everyone's favorite backyard pest. A great resource for students, this book covers every detail-from the first squirrels of 36 million years ago to the wary critters stealing the acorns of today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801884030
Author:
Richard W. Thorington Jr. and Katie Ferrell
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Thorington, Richard W.
Author:
Ferrell, Katiee E.
Author:
Ferrell, Katie E.
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Squirrels
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Copyright:
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
183
Dimensions:
9.96x6.98x.55 in. 1.05 lbs.

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