On the bookshelf
The subtitle of this book reads: 'Q&A for the Curious Naturalist'. And this is just how the book is written. In an accessible question-and-answer format, the book provides the reader with a great deal to learn about the 278 squirrel species on our planet.
This overview work sheds light on all aspects of the squirrel, from prehistoric squirrels 36 million years ago to the present. Behaviour, nutrition and reproduction are described, and also the questions “How far can squirrels jump?” and “How far can flying squirrels glide?” Also explained is how squirrels can run headfirst down a tree trunk. They can turn almost all the way around on their hind legs.
This book offers plenty of information and is highly readable. The text is also complemented by more than one hundred photographs.
Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide
Richard W. Thorington Jr. and Katie E. Ferrell
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006