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Squirrels leave trapezoidal trails, and rodents leave trapezoidal tracks. The muskrat is given feeding tables, and the beaver is a hut made of fallen trees in the reservoir.

Animal footprints help scientists determine which species of animals and birds live in a particular natural area, and learn more about their living conditions. Mospriroda’s specialists talk about how to identify some wild animals in the tracks.

Squirrel

The squirrels leave small trapezoidal traces. Usually the hind, larger paws are on the track in front, and the small front paws are imprinted at the back. Spruce cones, from which she takes seeds, help to learn about the presence of protein. If a bare base is left of the cone, and the scales are nearby, you can be sure: there was a squirrel.

Hare

A hare’s footprint is also easy to distinguish from any other: the animal leaves prints of all four paws in the snow, with the hind paws also most often in front. On the track, the hind legs are next to each other, and the front legs are located one after the other.

Fox

The fox’s footprint is similar to a dog’s, the only difference is in evenness. The dog walks in a zigzag, and the fox goes straight, so the path from the tracks of the latter is an almost straight path. Another difference is that the fox’s footprint is slender and elongated.

Mouse rodents

After murine rodents, whole grooves or chaotic tracks remain in the snow, on which footprints and an oblong tail track can be distinguished. You can also find out that rodents have recently been in place by looking at the spruce cones.

Woodpecker

Woodpeckers leave behind hemlines – holes or crevices in old trees, from where the woodpecker gets insects. He can use such holes as an “anvil” – the bird places a nut or a cone there and pulls out the seeds.

Beaver

Fallen or gnawed trees indicate the presence of the largest rodent in Europe. Very often, beavers leave behind so-called pencils – cones from tree trunks, on which the marks of their teeth remain. In water bodies, a beaver can build a whole hut from fallen trees.

Muskrat

The muskrat is best described by its feeding tables. These are sites trampled on the shore of the reservoir, which can be seen in the warm season. The muskrat is taken there with food to eat it. The feeding tables are located close to the water, which helps the muskrat to be safe.

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