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Postby susanryerson_48 » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 2:53 pm

These tracks were seen outside chicken coop in a freshly muddy yard in Llandilo near Penrith nsw. Can anyone identify them for me?
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby wildwanderer » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 3:38 pm

Susan possibly a goanna or another type of lizard? Was there a tail mark?

I also have a 'what animal made these tracks question'..

This was taken in Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand's South Island. Maybe deer or goat? Seems big though..

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Deer or maybe goat?


We could have a new game here! :P
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby trekker76 » Fri 18 Jan, 2019 12:48 am

No.1 if its reptile as mentioned you will get drag marks. Funnily the second pic looks like 4 x claws which if reptile origin that number is found on the hind feet of croc not a goanna lol. :D Do they get them that far south? Obviously cant tell precisely by the pic, dragmarks will be the giveaway for a reptile. If they aren't there, left with something with largish feet and claws maybe stopping to scratch about- large wombat? ...we dont get them here so not my area of expertise.

As to no.2 post, I think you are right. Any sign of two dew claws in the sand behind the main prints? These are more likely to print for deer particularly in sand but if none are present then a goat/sheep is more probable.
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby wildwanderer » Fri 18 Jan, 2019 4:55 pm

Tekker76 wrote:No.1 if its reptile as mentioned you will get drag marks. Funnily the second pic looks like 4 x claws which if reptile origin that number is found on the hind feet of croc not a goanna lol. :D Do they get them that far south? Obviously cant tell precisely by the pic, dragmarks will be the giveaway for a reptile. If they aren't there, left with something with largish feet and claws maybe stopping to scratch about- large wombat? ...we dont get them here so not my area of expertise.

No crocs near Penrith unless one escaped from somebody's zoo. :shock: Hopefully Susan will come back and clarify re the drag marks

Tekker76 wrote:As to no.2 post, I think you are right. Any sign of two dew claws in the sand behind the main prints? These are more likely to print for deer particularly in sand but if none are present then a goat/sheep is more probable.


There were three toe? indentations at the front of the hoof (or what I assume is the front). Im going to go with deer or goat.

If you have any tracks you have spotted Tekker76 ( or anyone) feel free to post them. I think this could be a fun game. What animal made this track!
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby Neo » Fri 18 Jan, 2019 8:24 pm

I can identify roo, emu and goanna... canine and seagull too I suppose.

Koala scratches on a tree trunk. Eucalyptus scented pellets below are confirmation!

Snake tracks are interesting, kind of a skip-to-me- lou parallelish impression.
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby crollsurf » Fri 18 Jan, 2019 8:48 pm

Although I see a fresh set of Dunlop Volley tracks as a warning sign. Just saying :)

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Re: Animal tracks

Postby trekker76 » Sat 19 Jan, 2019 12:59 am

wildwanderer wrote:
Tekker76 wrote:As to no.2 post, I think you are right. Any sign of two dew claws in the sand behind the main prints? These are more likely to print for deer particularly in sand but if none are present then a goat/sheep is more probable.


There were three toe? indentations at the front of the hoof (or what I assume is the front). Im going to go with deer or goat.



Wild wanderer do you mean three toes in the main weight bearing prints? Id say these would be a corruption of the track if so, a trotting animal may place rear hoof into the front hoof print changing it. Shouldn't be any 3 odd-toed ungulates making tracks in NZ, unless an escaped tapir from the zoo. Deer, goat etc are all even toed( 2 or 4 indents depending whether the dew claws higher up the foot also contact the ground). Its sometimes hard with just a few spoor in photos, often a larger sample helps to see the pattern and shape..

Sorry I don't have any pics but agree would be good fun. I might take a walk up a creek tomorrow and see if I can get some.
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby neilmny » Sat 19 Jan, 2019 7:42 am

susanryerson_48 wrote:These tracks were seen outside chicken coop in a freshly muddy yard in Llandilo near Penrith nsw. Can anyone identify them for me?


Penrith Panther?
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby peregrinator » Sat 19 Jan, 2019 3:57 pm

Bunyip?
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby wildwanderer » Sat 19 Jan, 2019 7:20 pm

Tekker76 wrote:Wild wanderer do you mean three toes in the main weight bearing prints? Id say these would be a corruption of the track if so, a trotting animal may place rear hoof into the front hoof print changing it. Shouldn't be any 3 odd-toed ungulates making tracks in NZ, unless an escaped tapir from the zoo. Deer, goat etc are all even toed( 2 or 4 indents depending whether the dew claws higher up the foot also contact the ground). Its sometimes hard with just a few spoor in photos, often a larger sample helps to see the pattern and shape..

Sorry I don't have any pics but agree would be good fun. I might take a walk up a creek tomorrow and see if I can get some.


I thought it was three, sort of like the below rough diagram. Wish I had got a shot from directly above.

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EDIT - found a good discussion on mysterious three toe tracks. Conclusion - a deer or other hoofed animal track first made by the front hoof then the back. Apparently hoofed animals quite commonly step on the front imprint with their rear hoof. Details: https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/2 ... imal-track
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby trekker76 » Sat 19 Jan, 2019 8:47 pm

yes its not uncommon. To get good ID sometimes you have to follow until the gait opens up enough to get clear prints, also working out the stride length and straddle( width of shoudlers) helps.
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby trekker76 » Thu 24 Jan, 2019 5:17 pm

Beach near the moresby range
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby MickyB » Thu 24 Jan, 2019 5:26 pm

Tekker76 wrote:Beach near the moresby range
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Cassowary?
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby trekker76 » Thu 24 Jan, 2019 5:57 pm

Bingo mickyb!
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Re: Animal tracks

Postby trekker76 » Thu 24 Jan, 2019 6:15 pm

main difference from emu tracks(aside from geographical location) is the inside toe print of the cassowary is mostly claw or spur, (also accounting for the damage when people get kicked )
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