Readers who have stumbled
over a possum on the back porch or run over an armadillo on a dark highway
will love Shedds brief discussions of 30 animals about whom most of
us think we know
more than we do. Many of his subjects gather myths because they live
fairly close to us: critters like squirrels (and flying squirrels),
opossums, bats, toads, owls, armadillos, deer, weasels, raccoons, crows
and ravens, foxes, wolves, and coyotes. Others are less often spotted
in city or suburb-beavers, muskrats, porcupines, herons and cranes,
big cats and bears, moose, and bison.
There's even a fascinating account of newts and efts. A former regional
executive of the National Wildlife Federation, Shedd discusses each
animal in a conversational manner, explaining the species' history,
life cycle, method of reproduction, prey and enemies, and speculating
about the sources of the myths that have grown up about the animal.
Includes a select bibliography plus suggested resources on wildlife
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