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Red fox footprint

Observed: 23rd December 2010 By: Jane FD
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Red fox footprint
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts


jorj's picture

tween toes cross

Nice clear photo. Is the X between the toes a sign indicative of fox? I have often wondered how to differentiate between the fox, the dog, and the badger footprints.


kview's picture

identifying tracks

I have always been told fox tracks tend to be slimmer than most domestic dogs, with the front toes pointed and closer together. Badgers and the mustelidae family all leave five toed prints I believe, as opposed to the four of the dogs, cats and foxes. Cats do not leave claw prints, as they will be retracted when walking. Hope this helps!

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Jane FD's picture

Red fox footprint

Thanks for you comments. I found the information on 'footprint in snow7'
helpful. I'm not sure how to make the link but you can search it.
My cat was around when i was looking at the tracks which wasn't very helpful but I was able to make a comparison.
We have also badgers around so i will have to wait for next dump of snow, or maybe they're hibernating?

rimo's picture

Badgers are very distinctive

Badgers are very distinctive - a big ovalish pad with 5 toes more or less in a straight line in front of it. A clear X is a good clue for fox, which do tend to be narrower and neater than dog prints, which also very far more in size - if the print's been left by something the size of a Great Dane, it's dog, not fox! However, there is considerable overlap between fox and dog prints and they cannot always be told from each other with any degree of accuracy. Circumstantial evidence can help - prints of owners or wagging tails usually mean dog!

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These are fox, the X mark in the middle is distinctive - dogs never show this. The reason they appear not to be the usual narrow shape of a fox is that the fox is walking on snow and like all animals on soft ground it has splayed its toes for better traction - the same reason why we wear broad snow shoes. The camera angle may also affect the appearance.

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