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.
Alderness Wilderness College
Animal Track ID [PDF]
Elbroch, Mark, 2003 Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species
Lowery, James, 2013 Tracker’s Field Guide. Falcon Guides
North Woods Guides
Subject Area Experts (all guides)
Steve Cary (butterflies)
Beth Cortright (insects)
Terry Foxx (invasive plants)
Leslie Hansen (mammals)
Richard Hansen (fish, mammals)
Dorothy Hoard (butterflies, trees)
Chick Keller (flowers, herbarium)
Shari Kelley (geology)
Kirt Kempter (geology)
Garth Tietjen (reptiles)
David Yeamans (birds)
Web Development and Content Management
Please contact us for local nature questions and sightings. We welcome comments, corrections, and additions to our guides.
Drawn based upon US Geological Society image
Photo: J. Maughn
Photo: Kim A. Cabrera
Family: Leporidae (Hares and Rabbits)
Form: small claws; round toes
Front Foot: 5 toes; 0.7 in (1.8 cm) - 2.0 in (5.1 cm)
Hind Foot: 4 toes; 0.8 in (2.0 cm) - 2.8 in (7.1 cm)
The fifth toe on the front foot is small and may not register. The back foot may appear symmetrical at times. The palm is covered with hair and may not register clearly.
Cottontail scat is deposited singly and has a slightly squashed spherical appearance. A group of scat indicates that an animal spend some time in one spot.
Mammal Guide - Rabbit