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By Todd Telander

ISBN-10: 0762774150

ISBN-13: 9780762774159

Animal Tracks is one in a sequence of entire, nature-based field courses in a pocket-size trim with transparent, full-color illustrations for simple topic identification.

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The metacarpal pads are fused in a loose arc shape, with an additional proximal pad in the front foot and a faint heel impression on the rear. The sole is not heavily furred. There is often noticeable tail drag between the tracks, and long, deep impressions where otters have decided to slide, especially downhill. indd 43 3/23/12 1:12 PM MAMMALS Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis Family Mephitidae (skunks) Size/Weight: approx. 22” long with tail; approx. 8 lbs. Range: Throughout the United States Habitat: Woodlands, rocky areas, usually near a water source The striped skunk is known primarily for its ability to elude danger by spraying a noxious fluid from an anal duct.

The foot is quite furry and may make for a fuzzy, indistinct track. Ferret tracks are similar in shape but larger than those of weasels. indd 39 3/23/12 1:12 PM MAMMALS Fisher, Martes pennanti Family Mustelidae (Mustelids) Size/Weight: approx. 34” long with tail; approx. 9 lbs. Range: Far northern United States, Rocky Mountains, mountainous parts of California Habitat: Forested areas The fisher is basically weasel-shaped with an elongate body, short legs, and a long, bushy tail, but heavier and thicker.

6 oz. (long-tail larger than short-tail) Range: Throughout the United States (long-tail), northern and western United States (short-tail) Habitat: Variety of habitats with cover, often near water These species have a similar track and are both small, elongate, long-necked, wily predators. The long-tailed weasel is reddishbrown with buff underparts and throat, with a black tip to its long tail. The short-tailed weasel (also known as the ermine) has a shorter tail and is colored similarly except for its white feet.

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