Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 1 of 2
 [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:11 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:58 am
Posts: 2455
Location: The Netherlands
FAC Member (2012)
Hi ossendryver

Never really got a good shot of a fresh print... But maybe this will help. :wink:

Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:29 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:32 pm
Posts: 35
Location: The Netherlands
Image

let me try to post a photo of a rhinotrack for you


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:32 pm
Posts: 35
Location: The Netherlands
Image

This one is a track of a lion in the sand of the Olifants river


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:23 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:32 pm
Posts: 35
Location: The Netherlands
Image

And a crock in the same Olifants river.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:04 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:10 pm
Posts: 1230
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
sorry for the quality of this pic. I believe it is Lion spoor, taken at a lookout point high on a koppie not far from Skukuza. I think it's called Mathekenyane look out


Image

_________________
CC & Lockie's Travel Tale


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:15 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:00 pm
Posts: 589
Location: Germany/ Greifswald
@Lockie,

That is not a Lion track, a Lion track ist much bigger. I would go for a Wild dog or a Cheetaah. Did you see any Claws?

_________________
life is Game, you rather play or flee. I chose to play the Game.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:13 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:10 pm
Posts: 3346
Location: The Netherlands
Our guide told us this track is from a lion:
Image

_________________
Joyce
Vote here for Your favourite sightings


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:02 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:52 pm
Posts: 2603
Location: VEREENIGING
For anyone interested in the footprints and other Wildlife info I would suggest purchasing "SIGNS of the WILD" by Clive Walker. Published by STRUIK (Pty) Ltd. ISBN 0 86977 2600 9.

It is a hive of very interesting information, made available by a very knowledgable person who really cares.

_________________
I participate because I care - CUSTOS NATURAE
No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
No to Legalized Rhino and Lion trade.
Done 144 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:32 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:52 pm
Posts: 2603
Location: VEREENIGING
Judging by the size of the spoor compared to the tyre tracks and the positioning of the toes, I would suggest a Leopard.

The toes of a Lion spoor are positioned more in the front and further of the pugmark, and approximately one third of a circle around and are normally about ten to twelve cm long the Lion spoor also has a slight indentation at the rear of the pug mark which I do not notice in the photograph.

The toes of a Leopard spoor are normally closer to the pug mark and not spread in such a wide circle around the pug mark and are normally six to nine cm long. This spoor seems to have a bit of a protuberance in the pug mark indentation towards the rear which also leads me towards a Leopard.

However tracking from a photograph is not always that simple. :D

_________________
I participate because I care - CUSTOS NATURAE
No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
No to Legalized Rhino and Lion trade.
Done 144 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: mammal foot prints
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:48 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:10 pm
Posts: 3346
Location: The Netherlands
Thanks gmlsmit, for clearing it up :thumbs_up:

_________________
Joyce
Vote here for Your favourite sightings


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: What kind of Track is this?
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:59 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:39 pm
Posts: 55
Hi

we came on this track on the S119 on our last trip and I'm afraid its not the best pic but Hubby and I were very curious about what this could be. It was in the middle of the road with no prints of any kinda on either side.

We originally thought it was an Ellie dragging his Truck and that was when we looked for foot prints and realized there were no Ellie sized prints. Than we thought maybe a cat dragging a kill and again looked for smaller foot prints but still nothing. We then thought maybe snake but it was pretty big about 30cm across and I am not sure if a snake could make that size track and if it was where did it go cause this was the only track like this on the road in either direction, we did the backwards and forwards to see if we could find more and there was none. It was about 2m long and just ended. Leaving us thinking there is no way it was a snake cause any snake big enough to leave this track would leave another as it headed off to the side of one of the road or where it came onto the road. It just started and ended abruptly.

I have no clue about this, I am not sure this is the correct place to put this but it does not fit under any of the other sections that I can see.

Can anyone help us identify this please? :hmz:

Thanks :mrgreen:
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What kind of Track is this?
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:03 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:18 pm
Posts: 1541
Location: johannesburg (but soon in Kruger)
Could it be a snake of some thought that magically appeared and disappeared?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What kind of Track is this?
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:14 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:44 pm
Posts: 2813
Location: Welkom
FAC Member (2012)
Could it be an elephant with a branch in its mouth, walking some distance from the road. The branch touched the ground at the bottom of the picture and was picked up again at the top of the picture, at the stage where the elephant was sensing that the branch was dragging on the ground. I first thought that it may be a mud flap of a vehicle, but that will not explain the zig-zag pattern.

_________________
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on its way---African saying
Member nr 8512
Cheetah supporterPURIST and proud thereof


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What kind of Track is this?
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:58 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:52 pm
Posts: 1738
Location: My business...
Not trying to be snotty or funny. :lol:

How about a lion or leopard wiping its bum on the road like housecats do on a carpet? I expect it's possible for big cats to do that too?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What kind of Track is this?
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:51 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:39 pm
Posts: 55
Cavemen, magical snakes and cats wiping butts ...shoeeewee not the kinda responses I expected. :lol: :lol: I never thought to check the side of the road, kicking my butt now I did not. I'm thinking maybe the ellie with a branch makes the most sense.

Ok if you had to take the fact that it starts and ends mysteriously out of the equation what would you think it was if you don't agree with the Ellie theory? No track marks around it big or small, just clean sand after the rain the night before.

Drag marks? Snake?

I love track spotting and Hubby often get the "STOP" yell from me when I stop an interesting track, I don't know what they are half the time but I enjoy looking, taking pics and speculating about them. :P


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by CarolynR at 11:11:33 Submitted by colfenn at 12:26:03 Submitted by Anonymous at 13:07:42 Submitted by Ton&Herma at 13:37:01