The animal on the cover of Learning Python, Third Edition, is a wood rat (Neotoma
Muridae). The wood rat lives in a wide range of conditions (mostly rocky, scrub, and
desert areas) over much of North and Central America, generally at some distance
from humans. They are good climbers, nesting in trees or bushes up to six meters off
the ground; some species burrow underground or in rock crevices or inhabit other
species’ abandoned holes.
These grayish-beige, medium-size rodents are the original pack rats: they carry
anything and everything into their homes, whether or not it’s needed, and are especially
attracted to shiny objects such as tin cans, glass, and silverware.