The ultimate pictorial reference book of the animal world by the number one children's reference publisher. A Trail of Discovery: How slowly does a sloth move? What's inside a camel's hump? Why can't a snake shut its eyes? Which fish can climb trees? The Dorling Kindersley Animal Encyclopedia answers thousands of intriguing questions about the animal kingdom and provides a fascinating insight into animal behavior, instincts, and survival. Magnificent Photography: Lavishly illustrated with dramatic close-up and time-lapse photography, the Dorling Kindersley Animal Encyclopedia brings the animal world vividly to life- watch a frog leap through the air, a moth hatch from its pupa, a snake constrict its prey, and stag beetles in combat. Magnificent full page environment shots also display animals in their natural habitat, from the barren wastes of the Sahara to the tropical lagoons of the Great Barrier Reef. Essential Reference For Home and School: A clear alphabetical arrangement makes it simple to look up each kind of animal, while a fact packed introductory section explains animal classification, adaptation, migration, and conservation issues. Fact boxes and at-a-glance scale indicators provide essential data on individual species, and step-by-step sequences home in on incredible detail. The Dorling Kindersley Animal Encyclopedia is fully cross-referenced to guide the reader to related entries and topics, with an extensive index, and an accessible glossary.