Animal Tracks Identification

Animal Tracks Identification
One of the most important facets of an animal track that allows people to identify it is the number of toes in the imprint. Once an individual can recognize how many toes the animal has, she has a good chance of identifying the creature.

Canines and Felines

Canines and felines leave behind tracks that show four toes on front and hind feet. Cats will not leave claw marks in their tracks, but canines such as the wolf, fox and coyote typically do.


Members of the rodent family make tracks that show front feet with four toes but back feet that have five. Some rodents like the larger porcupine will make tracks much larger than smaller ones such as mice and voles.

Weasel Family

The presence of five toes on every foot in a track indicates the animal that made the track was part of the weasel family. Raccoons, beavers, bears and opossums have five toes on each foot as well.


The ungulates such as elk, moose, deer, caribou, pronghorn antelope and bison leave a two-toed print in the snow or ground.


Measuring the diameter and length of a track, then referring to field guides of animal tracks from your region can aid in helping to identify the print.

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