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Unread postby wildjohn » Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:09 pm

Distinguishing whether leopard or lion from that pic is actually difficult - in the field that spoor would be easier to id I think as one has better scale, and can see stride lengtth(nb), and general feel and all..

I am closer to thinkig lion, though maybe massive leopard - have measured a male leopard (78 kg) with I think 100 mm foot once..though that the foot measured and not from a track- so it may end up being smaller on substrate.Has roundness of leopard, though longish toepads of leo.


Anyways, not 100 % sure anyway,
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Tracking - The X Method

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:11 am

There is an easy way to distinguish between the tracks of dogs/ cats / hyena.

1. THE "X-METHOD"

When you find a track and you can draw an X through it, without touching any of the pads, it is a dog track.

Puzzled :shock: ?

Let me explain on our hyena spoor:

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On this track I drew an X. Line "A" almost goes through the spoor without going through any pad. Line "B" however cuts through a pad at point "C". It can't be a dog track!

Try this on your local dog!

2. NAIL MARKS

This is well known.

The track of a cat does not normally show any nail marks. The track of a cheetah is the exception of course.

The track of a dog and a hyena will show nail marks.

Now you have enough info to be able to distinguish between a cat/dog/ hyena! :D

But what about cheetah you ask! :twisted:

3. THE FORM OF THE BACK PAD

You can distinguish between the three by just looking at the back pad. Each one of the three has a distinctive form.

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The back pad is a little unclear so I drew it. I also drew a straight line beneath it. You will immediately see that the back pad is skew! This is typical of a hyena spoor! The back pad of the cat / dog would have been parallel to the line.

The back pad of the dog is straight at the back, with two small lobes showing to the sides.

The back pad of a cat shows three lobes, giving it the appearance of an inverted W.

There are some species who do not quite follow these rules (e.g. aardwolf, genet) but the vast majority do. :wink:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:47 pm

Was there a tail track?
Where was it?
Tortoises are seldom near water and they produce a very different size imprint compared tp the Pangolin.
I could be corrected, but I think the Pangolin's tail makes a very significant imprint.
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Unread postby restio » Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:39 am

Skangeni, I found a description as follows:

The spoor shows the rounded pads of the hind-feet with usually four nails touching the ground, the occasional scrape of the tail and the mark of the front edges of the long, curved, front claws.
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Unread postby tburgess » Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:37 pm

Pangolins have two gaits, and both leave pretty distinctive tracks, if you've been lucky enough to see one before. They have the upright, shuffling gate, which is basically like a human alternating bipedal gait, and leaves round hindfoot prints, a significant tail impression and little or no evidence of front feet. The other gait uses all four feet and the tail is lifted, the front feet are knuckled over due to the huge claws, and so you see a notable impression of them.

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:50 pm

What do otter tracks look like?
Is there a tail trail as well?
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Re: Tracks ID Needed

Unread postby Elsa » Fri May 08, 2009 10:47 am

Hi, could one of the experts have a crack at ID'ing this print we saw in Kruger in March.
Its not all that clear unfortunately.
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Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:49 am

This topic is for the forumites who need Tracks Identified. We all know that tracking is an incredibly hard task, so lets help you out :D :wink:
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Rookie » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:31 pm

What a fantastic topic. I am very new to the forum and have not yet learnt how to add photos, but will do so as soon as I have.

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Kamadejo » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:52 pm

Rookie wrote:What a fantastic topic. I am very new to the forum and have not yet learnt how to add photos, but will do so as soon as I have.

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby lee lewis » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:41 am

Batmad! Great Idea!

Perhaps you should start off by throwing the cat among the pidgeons!

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:06 pm

Ok i shall try a bird track, but i will need to find a photo 1st :D I shall post one tomorrow and teach you guys how to ID it :)
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Kamadejo » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:09 pm

I'll watch this place 8)
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:49 pm

Nice, Batmad!

This at Voortrekker waterhole in 2008.

No idea!

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:48 pm

wow...tough one....
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