Porcupines: The Animal Answer Guide

Porcupines: The Animal Answer Guide

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by Uldis Roze
     
 

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Could a porcupine make a good pet? Do they ever stick themselves or other porcupines with their quills? In this latest addition to the Animal Answer Guide series, we learn about these mysterious animals’ "pincushion defense," along with the following facts:

• Porcupines survive on a diet of leaves, bark, and fruit• Quills are actually

Overview

Could a porcupine make a good pet? Do they ever stick themselves or other porcupines with their quills? In this latest addition to the Animal Answer Guide series, we learn about these mysterious animals’ "pincushion defense," along with the following facts:

• Porcupines survive on a diet of leaves, bark, and fruit• Quills are actually modified hairs• There are 26 species of porcupines (and counting)• Old World and New World porcupines have a common ancestor but evolved independently• New World males will gather to fight ferociously over a single female

Porcupines: The Animal Answer Guide presents solid, current science in the field of porcupine biology. Uldis Roze compares and contrasts porcupines in terms of body plan, behavior, ecology, reproduction, and evolutionary relationships. He examines the diversity of porcupines from around the world—from North and South America to Africa and Asia.

This guide explores the interactions between humans and porcupines, including hunting, use of quills by aboriginal societies, efforts to poison porcupines, and human and pet injuries (and deaths) caused by porcupines. Roze also highlights the conservation issues that surround some porcupine species, such as the thin-spine porcupine of Brazil, which is so rare that it was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in the 1980s.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Roze has produced a useful guide to a familiar but often not entirely understood mammal... This informative, interesting volume will be a valuable addition to any academic library.

Quarterly Review of Biology - John L. Koprowski
A tome that can be appreciate by trained biologists, interested general readers, and budding junior naturalists... Anyone interested in mammalian natural history will want to add this excellent work to their collection.

Birdbooker Report
Porcupines: The Animal Answer Guide presents solid, current, science of porcupine biology...A good general introduction into the biology of porcupines.

— Ian Paulsen

Slate
Delightful.

— Jason Bittel

Birdbooker Report - Ian Paulsen
Porcupines: The Animal Answer Guide presents solid, current, science of porcupine biology... A good general introduction into the biology of porcupines.

Slate - Jason Bittel
Delightful.

Midwest Book Review
A fine survey recommended for any serious natural history holding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421407593
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2012
Series:
Animal Answer Guides: Q&A for the Curious Naturalist
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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In this book I have often felt like a speaker responding to questions from an erudite audience. Good questions can lead to insights that neither party anticipated—one definition of the scientific process. The questions can seem simple: What is a porcupine? What do porcupines eat? How do they survive the winter? Or the questions may have layers of complexity: What are the porcupines’ closest relatives? How do scientists tell porcupine species apart? How will global warming affect the porcupines? But one of the most important questions in this series is the last one: What don’t we know about porcupines?

The amount we don’t know about porcupines is staggering. This is partly because of the nocturnal, tropical-forest lifestyle of most porcupines of the world, but also because of the paucity of molecular biology studies of these animals and because their lifestyles have few parallels with other animal groups. These mysteries make porcupines a lure to scientists and nature lovers alike.

—from the Introduction

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Meet the Author

Uldis Roze is professor emeritus at Queens College in New York City. He is a contributor to Natural History magazine and is the author of The North American Porcupine.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Porcupines are my favorite animal! Great book. It is nice and informative. Many people are uneducated about porcupines and think of them as quill-shooting, angry, people hunting animals. But there is really a good side to them!