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Clawed mammal track in snow

Observed: 20th January 2013 By: Nick McW
Snow Tracks Moorhen and Claws

It's the clawed track that I'm wondering about here, rather than the moorhen (or coot?) prints - thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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Four toes on the front foot and five on the back foot - if you look you can see both prints - I would go for a rodent on this one - likely a Water Vole

Mustelids (incl mink) have 5 toes on each foot i believe.

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I'd go for rodent too because of the 4 + 5 toes, but I'm not sure whether water vole or brown rat.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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