Marsupials are the only mammals that have a pouch on their body in which they carry their young. Most of these amazing animals live in Australia, where they have adapted to the harsh conditions of life in the outback. In What is a Marsupial? children will learn astounding facts about marsupials, including: the important differences between marsupials and placentals how kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, opossums, and bilbies are related how marsupials reproduce and raise their young the ways in which they hunt and feed why some marsupials are in danger
Whales, manatees, seals, dolphins, and sea otters are just some of the many mammals that have evolved over time in order to survive in the water. From Arctic waters to tropical seas, vivid photographs and surprising facts about these salt water mammals reveal: how these air breathing creatures have adapted to the water their underwater senses what they eat and how they raise their young cetaceans, pinnipeds, sea otters, sirenians, and polar bears marine zoos the dangers of pollution, commercial fishing, and poachers
While humans are different from monkeys, apes, and lemurs, they are all primates and are similar in many ways. For example, primates make many sounds that humans make, such as sneezes, burps, hiccups, and even laughter! What is a Primate? identifies the members of the primate family tree and describes how they are different from each other. This book describes: reproduction, communication, and feeding the complex social structures of primates chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gibbons Old and New World monkeys how people are different what is being done to rescue threatened primates from destruction by their human cousins
Slithering snakes, jumping kangaroos, flying albatrosses, and swimming salmonevery animal, including humans, has its own unique way of getting around. This beautiful book explains the how, why, and are we there yet? of animals large and small across the globe. Topics include: how an animals environment affects its movement how an animals skeleton affects its movement unusual animal movers such as the water-walking basilisk how a parent helps its young move around
Without food, an animal cannot survive. With so many competing species, carnivores and herbivores alike have developed fascinating methods of finding the food that keeps them fat and happy. How do animals find food? lets children in on all the latest jaw-dropping, mouth-cramming, stomach-stuffing techniques, such as: pack hunting versus solitary hunting climbers that eat the succulent leaves found in tall trees animals that poison their prey animals that use lures to "fish" for their food!
Amphibian means two lives since these animals spend the first part of their life underwater and the rest on land. From flying tree frogs to slithering caecilians, kids will be captivated by this slimy animal group in What is an Amphibian? Young readers will discover: the amphibian family tree an amphibians body special skin and senses how they move and what they eat water-versus land-dwelling species their life cycle and parental care defending themselves
With over 1700 species, more than one-third of all mammals are rodents. From the jumping jerboa to the humungous capybara, What is a Rodent? gnaws through rodent myths to expose the facts about this often misunderstood group. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by: the rodent family tree a rodents body and amazing teeth homes underground and watery habitats millions of mice and rats many cousins from squirrels to prairie dogs prickly quills, webbed feet, and fabulous fur pet care tips