Visual Encyclopedia of Animals


With more than 1,000 full-color photographs, diagrams, charts, cutaway drawings, and detailed illustrations in each book, DK's Visual Encyclopedias cover everything you've ever wanted to know about animals, dinosaurs, and science.
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With more than 1,000 full-color photographs, diagrams, charts, cutaway drawings, and detailed illustrations in each book, DK's Visual Encyclopedias cover everything you've ever wanted to know about animals, dinosaurs, and science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756607012
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 6.38 (h) x 1.56 (d)

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DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages.
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Table of Contents

How to use this book 10
Introduction 12
Evolution 14
Fossils 16
Dinosaurs 18
Vertebrates 20
Invertebrates 22
Mollusks 24
Arthropods 26
Classification 28
Insects 30
What is an insect? 32
The first insects 34
Types of insect 36
Metamorphosis 42
How insects move 46
Insect senses 52
How insects feed 56
Courtship, birth, and growth 60
Nests and societies 68
Hunting and hiding 72
Where insects live 80
Temperate woodland 82
Oak tree 84
Tree canopy 86
Woodland butterflies 88
Tree trunks and branches 90
Grassland and heathland 94
Grassland insects 96
Heathland insects 98
Lakes and rivers 100
Water surface insects 102
Underwater insects 104
Tropical forest 106
In the canopy 108
Nests in the canopy 110
Brilliant butterflies 112
Tropical butterflies 114
Horned beetles 116
The largest insects 118
Stick and leaf insects 120
Armies on the ground 122
Deserts, caves, and soils 124
Desert insects 126
Cave insects 128
Soil insects 130
Towns and gardens 132
Household insects 134
Fish 142
What is a fish? 144
Fish anatomy 146
Fish bones 148
Colour for survival 150
Skates and rays 152
Amphibians 154
What is an amphibian? 156
Early amphibians 158
Skeletons and bones 160
Amphibian senses 162
Tailed amphibians 164
Reptiles 166
What is a reptile? 168
Reptile groups 170
Prehistoric groups 172
Scaly skin 176
Cold-blooded creatures 178
Senses 180
Movement 182
Courtship 186
Nests and eggs 188
Deadly enemies 192
Battle for survival 194
Living in water 198
Chelonian anatomy 200
Marine turtles 202
Turtles and tortoises 206
Crocodile anatomy 210
Crocodiles 212
Alligators and caimans 216
Lizard anatomy 218
How lizards feed 220
The world's lizards 222
The tuatara 230
Snake anatomy 232
Constrictors 234
Colubrid snakes 240
Venomous snakes 244
Rear-fanged snakes 246
Front fangs 250
Birds 258
What is a bird? 260
Feathers 266
How birds move 272
Legs and feet 278
Food and feeding 280
Courtship 286
Nests and eggs 288
Birth and growth 294
Migration 298
Where birds live 300
Cities and farmland 302
Homes and streets 304
Parks and gardens 306
Fields and hedgerows 308
Forest and woodland 310
Deciduous woodland 312
Coniferous forest 314
Eucalyptus woodland 316
Owls 318
Rainforests 320
Under the canopy 322
In the treetops 324
Parrots 326
Rivers, lakes, and swamps 328
Rivers and lakes 330
Swamps and marshes 332
Ducks 334
Seas, cliffs, and shores 336
Estuaries and shores 338
Sea and cliffs 340
Deserts and grassland 342
Deserts 344
Scrub and bush 346
Grassland 348
Mountains and moorland 350
Mountains 352
Moorland 354
Eagles 356
Polar and tundra 358
Arctic and tundra 360
Antarctica 362
Penguins 364
Mammals 366
What is a mammal? 368
Reproduction 370
Birth and growth 372
Skin and hair 374
Senses 376
Feeding and diet 378
Bones and muscles 380
Defence 382
Mammal homes 384
Where mammals live 386
Woodland and forest 388
Decidous woodland 390
Coniferous forest 392
Eucalyptus woodland 394
Deer 396
Rainforest 398
In the trees 400
On the forest floor 402
Jungle apes 404
Grassland 406
Pampas and steppes 408
African savanna 410
Grassland cats 412
Deserts 414
Hot deserts 416
Cold deserts 418
Mountains and polar 420
Arctic tundra 422
Mountain tops 424
Oceans and seas 426
Polar oceans 428
Whales and dolphins 430
Rivers, lakes, and swamps 432
Rivers and lakes 434
Swamps 436
Domestic Mammals 438
What is a cat? 440
Cat anatomy 442
Cat movement 450
Hunting 454
Fur types 456
What is a dog? 460
Domestication 462
Dog anatomy 464
Life cycle 468
Dog behaviour 470
Introduction to breeds 472
What is a horse? 474
Main horse types 476
Body and conformation 478
Patterns and markings 482
Food and diet 484
Behaviour 486
Uses of the horse 488
Horses for sport and leisure 490
Index 492
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