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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Tom124 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:35 pm

Any cyclists in the area? :tongue:
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:47 pm

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:29 am

As you can see, it is a small trail, as compared to the tyre tracks in the parking area!

Looks like something flattening the ground and then dragging something like a tail?

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby lee lewis » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:41 am

In for a penny...

I would say it could be a reptile of sorts? :- Snake???
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby BushFairy » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:05 am

RP, were there no tracks near this line? Could be a monitor lizard, the thicker part being the first thicker part of its tail and the line through it the thin end of the tail which is whip-like and drags on the ground, unlike a lot of lizards that lift up the end part of their tails. Just a thought, but I'm terrible at judging size - you don't have a zoomed out pic do you?
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:04 pm

Hey BushFairy, you could be right but to me the indentation looks a little deep for a monitor unless I've missed something in the past :hmz: ...ofcourse unless its really soft sand :huh:

Assuming this is created by an animal I would suggest that the indentation looks like it could be the result of an animal's horn. With the mark being so sharp and protruding into the ground as it does, it perhaps is the result of a leopard or other predator dragging something like a Duiker.
Ofcourse you would expect to find leopard tracks or other predator tracks would be present but can't workout size of the area.
Maybe the vehicle tracks are on top of other tracks or perhaps the indentation is even the result of a stick getting stuck under a car and dragging?
Maybe even an elephant walking a long dragging something like a Round leafed Teak branch like they love to do.
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:46 pm

Nonono, sorry! :redface:

The "track was only 3 or 4 cm wide, but it went a looong way down the very soft sand of the parking area, before going back into the grass...something quite small...

No claw marks and no better pic, I'm afraid! :(

Maybe we should move on? :?

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Unread postby davejenny » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:43 am

Puff Adder? (rectilinear locomotion)

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:17 pm

Ok sorry for my response but this track was bugging me and i knew i saw it somewhere before..

Your track is that of a antlion :) they leave small tracks like this when looking for new homes :)
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:27 pm

I say this because if it was a smaller mammal or that of an animal being dragged it would show other marks and not just a clear line.

A scorpion was my other option, as they sometimes walk with their tails dragging leaving a small line behind them, but in this case you cannot see any dots next to the line which would represent the legs of the scorpion.

Another option would be beetle larvae, but i ruled this out due to the absence of a tunnel like line. This is where instead of a line in the photo above it is instead a small tunnel.
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:49 pm

No, sorry...not insect...3-4 cm wide! :D

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby AjayB » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:01 pm

Wow RP this is a tough one for sure. I might be leaning towards agreeing with davejenny on this one because I have seen very fat puffies sometimes that have manky looking short stubs at end of their tail end which look almost rigid and lifeless. If that specific track had a stub like that constantly dragging through the very centre of a track without any side spoor whatsoever, it might just explain it. Thats my best stab :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:08 pm

Hello AjayB! :dance:

Sounds good to me! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby BushFairy » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:22 pm

Just ask my dad who works with nature and identifies things like this everyday (yes, I'm one of those girls who still runs to daddy) and he says that it's highly unlikely that the track is from a snake, unless there was something stuck in its body (leaving the deeper indentation). When ants are marching they typically leave a 3-5cm wide track (there is a pic of this in someones recent TR, will have a look for it!).

RP, how long was this track? And are you sure the two aren't mutually exclusive? - In the small bit of pic that you show us here, there is no consistancy in where the thin deep line is in relation to the wider shallower line.
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:58 pm

RP....you sure the tracks were 3-4cm wide?? based on the comparison to the tire marks it looks very small....the track is defiantly not that of a snake. Snakes do not leave such deep of an impression in their tracks.
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