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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Photo: nonvenomous by Mokele
Photo: venomous by Mokele
Family: Colubridae, Viperidae (Advanced Snakes, Rattlesnakes and Other Vipers)
There are several different types of snake locomotion with the most common (side-to-side undulations) illustrated in the drawing. Other common types include concertina and slide-pushing. In all cases, the distance from one curve to the next varies greatly with size and species.
Scat usually consists of a black to brown cord with pinched areas. Often white nitrogenous material is attached. Shed snake skin can often be found.
Reptile and Amphibian Guide - Snake