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Unidentified tracks

Observed: 19th February 2013 By: Melanie Reed
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which European Otter (Lutra lutra) interacts

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nightfly's picture

Hi Melanie,I think my otter

Hi Melanie,

I think my otter ID was a bit rushed and probably incorrect. Ive been looking at a few tracks online. Your tracks above are quite distinctive- the extreme rear digit and its associated rear deep depression in the mud. While it looks something like a hedgehog track, the ruler would suggest they are too large for hedgehog. The only other track I have found which bears a resemblence is mink.

Please disregard my ID of otter as an otter would show definite webbing between those deep and clear toe prints. The positions of the digits are not right for otter either, back or front foot.

Cathal.

Melanie Reed's picture

Thankyou

Thankyou, I've looked at prints from otter to hawk and can't place it, brown rat is similar but it's too large, hedgehog again has a likeness but size again is an issue, I'm totally stumped with this one ! Might look up mink, would love to know what it was Melanie x

nightfly's picture

At this stage Melanie, by a

At this stage Melanie, by a process of elimination I have ended up at mink but Im not totally sure. The deep points in the mud at the rear and that trailing digit well behind the others is peculiar. Mink has a digit to the rear of the other 4 but maybe not this far back? If the foot moved while making the print it might explain it. Hopefully someone else will know exactly what this is from previous experience.

Cathal.

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Mink

Just. Looked up mink tracks and they only have four toes like a cat so can't be mink or weasel.

nightfly's picture

I think there is a 5th one

I think there is a 5th one behind the front four, not always readily apparent in prints.

Cathal.