The Mammals of Illinois and Wisconsin

The Mammals of Illinois and Wisconsin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...As has been previously stated, the Woodland Jumping Mouse may be looked for in northern Wisconsin, for, although it has not as yet been found within our limits, it has been taken in northwestern Michigan. The white tipped tail and absence of the small upper premolar will distinguish it from Z. hudsonius. Family Erethizontidje. American Porcupines. The American Porcupines are short legged, slow-moving animals, with a thick body covering of hair mixed with quills or spines. They differ from the Old World Porcupines in having perfect clavicles; the skull somewhat different shaped; tuberculate soles of feet; absence of a pollex, etc.; and the quills are also much smaller. They are largely arboreal in habits. The quills or spines are loosely attached and fall out easily, but the animal is not able to forcibly eject them, and the legend of the Porcupine "shooting" its quills is, of course, absurd, f Five species and subspecies belonging to a single genus (Erethizon) are recognized in North America. Other genera belonging to this family occur in Central and South America, and have long prehensile tails. Porcupine Mountains--Adams, Rept. State Board Geol. Surv. Mich., 1905 (1906), p. 129. t This fable is of ancient origin, being mentioned by Solinus, Paulus Venetus and others in their accounts of the Old World Porcupine and gravely endorsed by Topsell and other subsequent compilers. Edward Topsell says, "When they are hunted the beast stretcheth his skin, and casteth the off, one or two at a time, according to necessity upon the mouths of the Dogs, or Legs of the Hunters that follow her, with such violence that many times they stick into trees" (Historie of Foure Footed Beastes, 1607, p. 588). We can readily understand how early...
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236510526
  • 9781236510525