Nocturnal Animals

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Nature - 226 pages
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We share the earth with a wide variety of animal species, each of which brings something special to the diversity of the planet. By knowing more about how animals behave and live, we gain a greater understanding of how life evolved and the importance of biodiversity. This book is about the animals that rise when the sun sets and are active throughout the night. Nocturnal Animals examines how such animals live and explains their highly developed senses that enable them to survive in the dark, as well as their behavior and adaptations to avoid sunlight and predators during the day. The book provides a thorough guide, perfect for research papers in biology classes, for understanding the behavior and biodiversity of a fascinating and unusual group of animals. Nocturnal Animals provides an in-depth discussion of the behaviors of this fascinating group of animals. For example: BL Snakes have special senses - their flicking tongues bring scent particles to an organ in the mouth, and rattlesnakes have special heat-sensing pits that locate a small rodent by its body warmth. BLThe highly developed sight of tree-living frogs allow them to jump from branch to branch in the dark BLOwls can locate a mouse in complete darkness because of their accute hearing BL Bats send out high frequency signals - some species actually through their noses - and hear the returning echoes in time to fly through a forest at full speed Beautifully illustrated, with numerous color images, Nocturnal Animalsprovides copious material for understanding these unusual animals.
 

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Contents

1 Darkness and Life
1
2 Life in the Shadows
13
3 The Scent Tasters
35
4 Birds of the Night
61
5 The First Nocturnal Mammals
85
6 The Sound Navigators
109
7 The InsectEaters and Their Allies
123
8 Nocturnal Chisellers
139
9 The Night Hunters
153
10 Fair Game
183
11 Primitive Primates
205
Glossary
215
Bibliography
221
Index
223
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About the author (2006)

Clive Roots has been a zoo director for many years. He has traveled the world collecting live animals for zoo conservation programs. Roots has acted as a masterplanning 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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