Free Trial

Safari Books Online is a digital library providing on-demand subscription access to thousands of learning resources.

  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Colophon

Colophon

Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects.

The animals on the cover of Python and XML are elephant shrews. Different types of elephant shrews are found throughout Africa, most residing along the coast. The elephant shrew’s long nose, which resembles an elephant’s trunk, is the source of its name. The shrew pokes this trunk under leaves and, with its even longer tongue, flicks food into its mouth. It feeds mostly on termites and ants, but also eats shoots, berries, and roots.

Elephant shrews have long, soft fur that is sandy brown on the surface, fading to pale orange or gray. Their bodies range from 3.7 to 4 inches in length, and their tails, 3.7 to 5 inches. They weigh between 1 and 1.7 ounces. Elephant shrews grow to full size in about 46 days, and leave their shelters anywhere from 18 to 36 days after birth. Because they mature and leave their nests so quickly, predators rarely invade the nests.


  

You are currently reading a PREVIEW of this book.

                                                                                                                    

Get instant access to over $1 million worth of books and videos.

  

Start a Free 10-Day Trial


  
  • Safari Books Online
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint