Australian Mammals

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Allen & Unwin, 2008 - Nature - 206 pages
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An indispensable guide to Australia's fascinating monotremes, marsupials, and placental mammals. This book, the third in the Cronin's Key Guide series, is packed with information about the behavior, development, food, and habitat of Australia's remarkable mammals. Each entry fully describes a species and its way of life; it even includes clues for finding certain obscure, often nocturnal, creatures by the telltale traces they leave behind. Colorfully illustrated throughout with detailed artwork and with maps showing where each animal occurs, this is a handy family reference or a perfect guide for the bushwalker or traveler.

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I've used this book on many trips and I've always been impressed by the ease of use. I really like the key, the illustrations are first class, and the descriptions are in great depth. Highly recommended

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Just the book I was looking for. I use it with my kids for their school projects and take it with me when I go bush. heaps of info and great illustrations, I didn't know Australia had so many amazing animals.


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Page 48 - ... ovulation is synchronized. Studies in Victoria indicate that mating occurs in June (winter), gestation lasts about 30 days, and births take place in late July and early August. Litters usually consist of eight young but sometimes contain as few as one. They remain attached to the nipples for about 40-50 days and are then left in the nest while the mother forages. They...
Page 83 - The forefeet have 5 strongly-clawed, non-opposing fingers, while the second and third toes of the hind feet are fused with a long, split claw used for grooming.
Page 60 - The toes have strong, flattened claws for digging and the second and third toes of the hind feet are fused with a double claw for grooming.
Page 7 - Territory lists of threatened species, together with the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Page 117 - They sleep in refuges in dense cover with the head on the tail or ground, and rest sitting with the tail between the legs, leaning back on a rock or tree.
Page 180 - A rabbit-sized placental mammal, the giant white-tailed rat is one of Australia's largest rodents. It has coarse fur with long spiny guard hairs, grey-brown above and creamy-white below, with pale paws.
Page 53 - Southern brown bandicoots are active mainly at night, but are occasionally seen during the day. They have a...

About the author (2008)

Leonard Cronin is one of Australia's foremost natural history authors. He is the author of several Cronin's Key Guides and contributes to a monthly column about Australian wildlife to the ABC's Gardening Australia magazine.

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