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The animal on the cover of PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide is a flying squirrel. This rodent, immortalized in cartoon form as half of Rocky and Bullwinkle, is able to “fly” or glide spread-eagled through the air for distances of up to 50 meters, by means of a “flightskin.” This furry skin extends from the front paws to the ankles, and operates as a parachute when flying and landing. The squirrel’s tail is used as a rudder, enabling it to change direction in flight. The flying squirrel is less graceful on the ground than in the air, due to this same skin.
Flying squirrels are mostly nocturnal, and live in tree nests or holes in forests throughout Europe and North America, eating insect, nuts, and fruits. They depend on their sight and hearing, as well as their gliding flights, to protect them from enemies-most notably various birds of prey. Flying squirrels are playful and gregarious animals, gliding between trees in groups.
Nancy Kotary was the production editor for PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, Second Edition; Paulette Miley was the copyeditor; Jeffrey Liggett, Clairemarie Fisher O’Leary, Colleen Gorman, Melanie Wang, and Ellie Maden provided quality control; and Maureen Dempsey provided production support. Mike Sierra provided FrameMaker ...