The Animal Answer GuideeBook - 2012
Using a question and answer format and integrating color and b&w photos, Roze (Queens College) presents general readers with a guide to the 26 species of porcupines around the world and their form and function, colors, behavior, ecology, reproduction and development, food and feeding, interactions with humans, problems, representation in stories and literature, and study. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
Could a porcupine make a good pet? Do they ever stick themselves or other porcupines with their quills? In this latest addition to the Animal Answer Guide series, we learn about these mysterious animals’ "pincushion defense," along with the following facts:
• Porcupines survive on a diet of leaves, bark, and fruit
• Quills are actually modified hairs
• There are 26 species of porcupines (and counting)
• Old World and New World porcupines have a common ancestor but evolved independently
• New World males will gather to fight ferociously over a single female
Porcupines: The Animal Answer Guide presents solid, current science in the field of porcupine biology. Uldis Roze compares and contrasts porcupines in terms of body plan, behavior, ecology, reproduction, and evolutionary relationships. He examines the diversity of porcupines from around the world—from North and South America to Africa and Asia.
This guide explores the interactions between humans and porcupines, including hunting, use of quills by aboriginal societies, efforts to poison porcupines, and human and pet injuries (and deaths) caused by porcupines. Roze also highlights the conservation issues that surround some porcupine species, such as the thin-spine porcupine of Brazil, which is so rare that it was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in the 1980s.