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Animal Tracks

Animal tracks from New England. Helps with Boy Scout Tracking Merit Badge.
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Deer
Two Toes, 1.5" - 3", no claws
Moose
Two Toes, 2.5" - 6.5", no claws
Domestic Cat
Four Toes, 1" diameter, no claws
Cottontail
Four Toes, 1" long oval front track, 3" long oblong hind track, occasional claws
Snowshoe Hare
Four Toes, 1.75" long round front track, 5" long triangular hind track, occasional claws
Fox
Four Toes, 2.5" oval front track, 2" hind track - less oval than front, has claws
Coyote
Four Toes, 2.25" - 2.75" oval front track, has claws
Domestic Dog
Four Toes, variable, has claws
Weasel
Five Toes, tiny tracks - at most 1.5" long, 0.75" wide, diamond shape tracks, has claws
Mink
Five Toes, 1.75" diameter, has claws - looks like pointed toes
Skunk
Five Toes, 1" diameter front track, 1.5" long 1" wide hind track, toe pads are elongated and not round, has claws
Fischer
Five Toes, 2.5" diameter, has claws - looks like pointed toes
Otter
Five Toes, 3-4" long, 3-3.5" wide, may see webbing, has claws - looks like pointed toes
Raccoon
Five Toes, 2-3" long front track, 3-4" long hind track, looks like miniature human hands, long finger-like toes, has claws
Opossum
Five Toes, 2" diameter front track, 3" long hind track, thumb-like toe on hind print, has claws
Muskrat
Five Toes, 2-3" long hind print, small hand-like prints, long-finger-like toes, front inner-toe is extremely small and barely shows, may appear 4-toed, has claws - looks like pointed toes
Beaver
Five Toes, 3" long front track, 5-6.5" long 4-5" wide hind track, not often seen, tail drags over tracks, hind track has very long toes with webbing between, has claws
Porcupine
Five Toes, 2.5-3.5" long, 1.5" wide, oval track with very large heel pads, small toes, long claws, track pattern is often slightly pigeon-toed, has claws
Black Bear
Five Toes, 4" diameter front track, 6-7" long 3-4" wide hind track, inner toe is small and may not always show up, has claws
Mouse, Vole, Shrew
Five Hind Toes, Four Front Toes, 0.25" - 3/8" or smaller, has claws
Chipmunk
Five Hind Toes, Four Front Toes, 0.5 - 5/8" wide front track, up to 1" long hind track, has claws
Red Squirrel
Five Hind Toes, Four Front Toes, 0.75" wide, up to 0.75-1.5" long, has claws
Grey Squirrel
Five Hind Toes, Four Front Toes, 1" wide, up to 2.25-2.5" long hind track, has claws
Woodchuck
Five Hind Toes, Four Front Toes, 1.75" wide, 2" long front print, hind is slightly larger, has claws - looks like pointed toes