This guide initially displays common tracks of all shapes. Use the selectors below to view particular shapes, include rare species, or search by name.
Anything that moves over the ground leaves some sort of marking of its passage. In particular, footprints left behind in soil, snow, mud, or other ground surfaces provide a means of recognizing different species. The illustrations and characteristics listed below highlight key features that can be used to identify the tracks of many of the animals in the area.
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Elbroch, Mark, 2003 Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species
Lowery, James, 2013 Tracker’s Field Guide. Falcon Guides
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Lizard(Urosaurus, Crotaphylus, Phrynosoma spp.)
Family: Phrynosomatidae, Crotaphy (North American Spiny Lizards, Leopard Lizards)
Gait: trot, walk
Form: small claws; long toes
Front Foot: 5 toes; 0.6 in (1.5 cm) - 0.8 in (2.0 cm)
Hind Foot: 5 toes; 0.6 in (1.5 cm) - 1.0 in (2.5 cm)
Toes are very long and slender. Their length will vary by species.
Scat consists of brown pellets several times longs than wide. White nitrogenous material may be found on one end.
Reptile and Amphibian Guide - Lizard