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Mammal print

Observed: 12th November 2009 By: whitefordjwhitefordj’s reputation in Mammalswhitefordj’s reputation in Mammals
IMGP1075
Description:

Small print found along a ditch next to an arable field in Northamptonshire. The print measured approximately 5cm by 3cm.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Fox print

This is a very clear photograph of a fox print: elongated, pointed shape to the print; roughly rounded hind pad; obvious claw imprints. Your measurements are spot on for an adult male fox.

If this were badger it would be much broader than long, this one is longer than broad; deeper (much heavier animal and the mud is obviously soft to have left such a clear print); the claws would be further from the toe pads and much deeper (longer claws); the clncher though is the shape of the hind pad, in badgers it is like a curved sausage or cresent moon shaped. Its also missing a toe, badgers have five.

For badger prints visit:

http://www.badgerland.co.uk/seeing/evidence.html

If you want to search Google for a fox print and are happy it is that, then put up another identification and I'll agree with it.

Graham Banwell

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whitefordj's picture

Fox print

Thanks Graham that information is really useful, I've made a note and carry the info. with me the next time I go out.