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The animal on the cover of
Practical C++ Programming
, Second Edition, is an Eastern chipmunk, a striped ground squirrel found mostly in eastern North America.
chipmunks have five dark and two light stripes on their backs, extending from head to rump, and two stripes on their long, bushy
. They are distinguished from other ground squirrels by the white
above and below their eyes. The coloration of chipmunks throughout North America varies, but is quite uniform within
Chipmunks often make their
in sparse forests or farms, where they can build the entrances to their lodges in stone walls, broken trees, or thick underbrush. The lodges consist of a maze of tunnels leading to a large leaf-lined nest. Chipmunks
most of the
hours outdoors, but head for their lodges before nightfall. Although they are
climbers, chipmunks live primarily on the ground.
Chipmunks eat nuts,
, and occasionally birds' eggs. Like all ground squirrels, they have large cheek pouches, sometimes extending as far back as their shoulders, in which they can store food. They collect and store nuts and seeds through the summer and fall. When the weather starts to get cool, all the chipmunks in a region will suddenly disappear into their lodges where they begin hibernation. On warm winter days one can often see chipmunk pawprints in the snow, as they will sometimes wake up and leave their lodges for brief periods when the temperature rises.
for Eastern chipmunks is mid-March to early April. The gestation period is 31 days, after which a litter of three to six is born. Baby chipmunks leave the lodge after one month, and are mature by July.
The chipmunk most likely got its
from the noise it makes, which sounds like a loud "cheep." You can occasionally see a chipmunk hanging upside down from a tree branch "cheeping" its call.
Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century
from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using the ITC Garamond font.
David Futato designed the interior layout. Mike Sierra polished the final book files in FrameMaker 5.5.6. Leanne Soylemez copyedited the text. Octal Publishing, Inc., prepared the index. Jane Ellin provided quality control and production guidance. The text font is Lintotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed.The illustrations that appear in the book were created by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia FreeHand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.
The online edition of this book was created by the Safari production
(John Chodacki, Becki Maisch, and Madeleine Newell) using a set of Frame-to-XML conversion and cleanup tools written and
by Erik Ray, Benn Salter, John Chodacki, and Jeff Liggett.