Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide [NOOK Book]

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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.

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Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Colloquy - Susan Lumenello

Eminently interesting.

Bloomsbury Review - Kim Long

In this wide-ranging, accurate, and revealing approach to the subject, squirrels are placed in a world-wide context.

Journal of Mammalian Evolution - Michael A. Steele

Thorington and Ferrell have succeeded in producing a short, accessible guide that is of tremendous value to both the scientist and the amateur naturalist alike.

Journal of Mammalogy - William L. Gannon

What a treat. Buy it, read it, but don't squirrel it away—pass it on!

Mammalia - Francis Petter

This book is an answer to all questions relative to the American squirrels.

Wildlife Conservation

This engaging guide sheds light on a common mammal that is anything but commonplace.

Colloquy
Eminently interesting.

— Susan Lumenello

Internet Bookwatch

Fascinating book sure to entertain readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Bloomsbury Review
In this wide-ranging, accurate, and revealing approach to the subject, squirrels are placed in a world-wide context.

— Kim Long

Tuscaloosa News

You may enjoy watching these acrobatic characters... [Thorington and Ferrell] will make them more interesting to observe.

Princeton Alumni Weekly

Unravels the mysteries of the 278 species of squirrels that inhabit the planet... this is a must read.

California Bookwatch

It's rare to see all the science of a college text embedded into a lively presentation also geared for the general audience—but here, it works very well.

Wildlife Activist

Well written and organized and contains numerous color and black-and-white photos.

National Museum of Natural History Weekly Update & Forecast

A completely authoritative scholarly guide to the biology of a group of organisms and... a completely readable, fully illustrated, and fascinating introduction for the general public.

Washington Post

Got squirrels? This book has answers. This is not a children's book... read it with an adult. Fun for all ages.

Natural History News

Only a master at both scholarship and communication could pull this off as eloquently and clearly as Thorington and Ferrell have done.

Journal of Mammalogy
What a treat. Buy it, read it, but don't squirrel it away—pass it on!

— William L. Gannon

Journal of Mammalian Evolution
Thorington and Ferrell have succeeded in producing a short, accessible guide that is of tremendous value to both the scientist and the amateur naturalist alike.

— Michael A. Steele

Southeastern Naturalist

An accessible account of the large and diverse squirrel family... this book will appeal to the general public and scientists alike.

Mammalia
This book is an answer to all questions relative to the American squirrels.

— Francis Petter

Harvard Magazine

A deft account, for backyard naturalists and scientists both.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801889080
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Animal Answer Guides: Q&A for the Curious Naturalist
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Richard W. Thorington, Jr. is a curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. For many years Katie Ferrell was Dr. Thorington's research assistant at the Smithsonian.

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Table of Contents

1 Introducing squirrels 1
2 Form and function 25
3 Coat color and squirrel genetics 38
4 Squirrel behavior 48
5 Squirrel ecology 69
6 Reproduction and development 92
7 Foods and feeding 102
8 Squirrels and humans 114
9 Squirrel problems (from a human viewpoint) 124
10 Human problems (from a squirrel's viewpoint) 131
11 Squirrels in stories and literature 141
12 "Squirrelology" 152
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  • Posted July 23, 2010

    Don't bother

    I live in the midst of many squirrels. I wanted to know what they are really up to when they chase through the trees. I finished the book no wiser than when I started. I didn't care about giant African ground squirrels before I read the book and I still don't.

    The black-and-white pictures are interesting and they would be even more interesting if they weren't so murky. The color pictures are excellent but do not convey any information about the subjects and have no reference to the text.

    Mr. Thorington is obviously a knowledgeable scholar but he did not write a book for the amateur squirrel-peeper and I doubt it is of much use to the serious biologist.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Squirrelology like no other!

    An easy read of in-depth, science based information on squirrels all around the world. An excellent reference, though not written or organized like a typical text. Everything, maybe more than you ever wanted to know about the global family of squirrels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    Shadowwing

    Great story. Poor poor Squirrelkit. ;-;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    To Teddy

    You really are just.... dont wanna be mean.... so I will just say... not soriginal. Squirrelkit? Firekit? Make up your own names. Gawd. Your story is just bull.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    Squirrelkit's journey-chapter 1

    Squirrelkit opened her eyes to see three figures. One brown figure, one blueish silver figure, and a cream figure. [Mom, dad!] She thought right away after seeing the first two figures. Then she watched with horror to see what they were carrying. They were carrying Squirrelkit. Squirrelkit's lifeless body dangled from her father's jaws. "Dad?" Squirrelkit called out. They didn't turn to look. Squirrelkit called out a little louder, but still no reaction from her parents or the cat with them. "Squirrelkit." Said a voice behind Squirrelkit. Squirrelkit turned and jumped to see a cat she didn't know behind her. She relaxed and asked "Who are you?" "I am Deerfoot. Your mother's mother." Deerfoot said. "So we are related?" "Yes." "Why can't my parents hear me? And why are they carrying my body?" Squirrelkit smothered Deerfoot with questions. "You are on Starclan hunting grounds now." Deerfoot's one sentence answered all of Squirrelkit's questions. "How did I die?" She asked. "Fever. A bad one." Deerfoot said. Squirrelkit winced. She, of course, didn't remember that, but she could imagine what it felt like. Deerfoot led her up through the forest canopy and through the clouds. Then to Squirrelkit's surprise, there were thousands of other cats. Some just like her. Some very odd. "Hi there!" Said a voice. Squirrelkit turned to see another kit her age. "Oh, hi!" Squirrelkit replied. "I'm Firekit!" The red orange kit said. "I'm Squirrelkit!" "I've never seen you here before. You must be new!" Firekit assumed. "I am! I just got here!" Squirrelkit mewed. "Well, then you should listen to Sunpelt or Whitefur. See ya later!" Firekit called over his should as he padded away... To Be Continued...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    A jet black tom approchasI am chesterstar

    My clan is comming join if you want to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    I love squirrels.

    Thy are my favorite animals. Friend me jaymie999 @ cox .net

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Beagle

    He runs around and chases his tail.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Ice

    Killes the beagle

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Sorry i didnt know

    He ran away cause the cat showed his teeth

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Open nest

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