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Nocturnal Animals

Series: Greenwood Guides to the Animal World

By: Clive Roots

226 pages, b&w photos, colour plates

Greenwood Press

Hardback | Sep 2006 | #161499 | ISBN: 031333546X
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NHBS Price: £44.99 $55/€51 approx

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Examines how nocturnal animals live and explains their highly developed senses that enable them to survive in the dark, as well as their behaviour and adaptations to avoid sunlight and predators during the day. The book provides a thorough guide, perfect for understanding the behaviour and biodiversity of a fascinating and unusual group of animals. "Nocturnal Animals" provides an in-depth discussion of the behaviours of different types of nocturnal animals. For example: snakes that use scent particles in their flicking tongues, and rattlesnakes that have special heat-sensing pits that locate a small rodent by its body warmth; the highly developed sight of tree-dwelling frogs that allows them to jump from branch to branch in the dark; how owls can locate a mouse in complete darkness because of their acute hearing; bats that use echo location to fly through a forest at full speed.

"This title has been reviewed jointly with Nocturnal Animals and Hibernation, both by Clive Roots.....These three titles fill a niche. Most available books on flightless birds, nocturnal animals, and hibernation are for a juvenile audience, or they focus narrowly on particular animals (e.g., penguins) rather than giving a broad overview. Undergraduates in zoology will find these books useful. Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and general readers." -


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CLIVE ROOTS has been a zoo director for many years. He has travelled the world collecting live animals for zoo conservation programmes. He has acted as a planning and design consultant for numerous zoological gardens and related projects around the world, and has written many books on zoo and natural history subjects.

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