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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:10 am

BushFairy wrote: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.


Yes BushFairy, this has also been bothering me... :hmz: First impression was antlion as Batmad has suggested, but that is only for the indentation side of the spoor. The combination of flattened part and indentation... :hmz:
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:10 pm

The track came out of the grass from the now-defunct water-trough end of the parking lot, and continued for about 30m before disappearing into the grass again!

Very obvious, otherwise even I wouldn't have noticed! :D

Perhaps another clue would be that it was a diurnal animal, as this was after the morning's cars had already left their tyre marks.. :? (About 10am)

The trail was not entirely straight, meandering at most a couple of metres to either side.

The sand was very soft indeed...powder!

Maybe the answer is that the puffadder had something stuck in its cloaca, (or anus for us humans)...?!

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:34 pm

meandering is typical of antlion...just the size that says Nay...... :hmz:
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:53 pm

Nay! :lol:

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby 100ponder » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:22 pm

There seem to be small indentations both sides of the "sleepsel" - seem to be the tracks of a long legged insect ? . . . . .

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby p@m » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:15 pm

So RP :hmz: Are you ever going to tell us ? :lol:

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby lee lewis » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:38 pm

Manmade??? Although I don't think you will do that to fellow forumites!?!
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:25 pm

I don't know the answer, you twits!

Not man-made, unless someone had a huge amount of time on their hands! :roll:

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Tom124 » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:03 pm

:lol: Note: This isn't a quiz, RP genuinely wants to know what made these tracks
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby lee lewis » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:26 am

Well, then ... in that case, it seems that none of us who have replied, know for sure, either?! :huh:
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:35 pm

Correct!

So someone post another one! :lol:

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Raptor142 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:17 pm

Well I dunno either .... but I've been doing some research and I came across a similar track ... perhaps Richprins could comment on this one ....?

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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Tom124 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:20 pm

I'm not sure RP has too much authority in that area :whistle:
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Re: Track ID Needed?

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:36 pm

Hello, 124 and 142...seems birds of a feather flock together... :doh:

Sorry, Batmad...looks like someone unlocked the cages on the forums tonight! :cry:

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Help with spoor.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:28 pm

We were the first people at Babalala picnic spot one morning. It seemed like the attendant wasn't even around yet. We found spoor there, the size of a large dog's, like a Rottweiler maybe.

Hyena?

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