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The animal on the cover of Java Database Best Practices is a taguan. The taguan (Petaurista petaurista) is giant flying squirrel. It lives in dense, tropical rainforests, ranging from the eastern regions of Afghanistan to Java, and from Kashmir, Taiwan, and southern China to Sri Lanka. It is most often found in the Pakistan’s temperate forests.
The squirrel conceals its nest in the cavity of a tree, raising 2-3 young at a time. It has a lifespan of approximately 16 years. It is a nocturnal animal, recognizable by its big eyes and reddish color. The taguan consumes a diet of pine cones, fruit, leaves, and nuts.
The taguan is an excellent climber. Additionally, it is referred to as a “flying” squirrel because of the muscular membrane that extends from its wrists to its hind legs, enabling it to glide long distances. It leaps from high tree branches and the tops of trees, controlling the direction of its flight by flexing and relaxing the muscles of the membrane.
Colleen Gorman was the production editor, and Norma Emory was the copyeditor for Java Database Best Practices . Linley Dolby and Jane Ellin provided quality control. Angela Howard wrote the index.
Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. ...