Yvonne D's picture

Unknown mammal footprint

Observed: 27th June 2008 By: Yvonne D
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
mammal footprint
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Description:

An unknow mammal footprint seen in soft mud.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts

Comments

Kluut's picture

Fox?

Not easy to make-out on my PC, but it could be fox, a bit odd due to the very soft ground. Possibilities are likely to be limited by location.

the naturalist man's picture

????

I think this may be one of those which has to go down as unknown. Unfortunately it would appear there are at least two, I think three, prints overlapping each other. This means the distinguishing features are masked.

In addition the ground is so soft prints are distorted. I would have said the two toes at the top of the picture are too wide apart to be fox but animals do splay their toes when walking on soft ground.

Again when walking on soft ground animals will dig their claws in deeper than normal to increase grip, even big cats, and presumably domestic ones, will extract their claws in soft mud.

Therefore, could be fox, but also could be dog I really would not like to say. I don't suppose there were any other prints around that you photographed?

Graham Banwell

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Yvonne D's picture

more pictures added

Graham,

Not sure if it helps at all but I have attached a couple more pictures for you. One of them is the uncropped version of my initial post.

the naturalist man's picture

Prints

Thanks for the extra photos they do help, especially the one without the piece of paper. Your paper actually obscured part of a print which, I'm sorry to say, is almost certainly a dog print. I think what we see here is the same, or similar, dog passing through more than once, partially covering previous prints.

The most recent print of the set you initially posted has a large, roughly triangular rear pad, indicating dog (in the original photo you can just see half the pad print).

If you look up fox and dog prints on iSpot, or google images, you'll see what I mean.

Graham Banwell

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