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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby roaneric » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:11 pm

Hi ossendryver

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

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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby Merel » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:29 pm

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

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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby Merel » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:16 pm

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

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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby Merel » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:23 pm

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And a crock in the same Olifants river.

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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby Lockie » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:04 pm

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


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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby Malealea » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:15 pm

@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?
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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby JoyceW » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:13 pm

Our guide told us this track is from a lion:
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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby gmlsmit » Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:02 pm

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.
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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby gmlsmit » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:32 pm

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
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Re: mammal foot prints

Unread postby JoyceW » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:48 pm

Thanks gmlsmit, for clearing it up :thumbs_up:
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What kind of Track is this?

Unread postby Trentonskeeper » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:59 pm

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:

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Re: What kind of Track is this?

Unread postby ossendryver » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:03 pm

Could it be a snake of some thought that magically appeared and disappeared?

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Re: What kind of Track is this?

Unread postby Rooies » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:14 pm

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.
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Re: What kind of Track is this?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:58 pm

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?

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Re: What kind of Track is this?

Unread postby Trentonskeeper » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:51 pm

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


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