Animal Tracks: A Falcon Field Guide (Falcon Field Guide Series)
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Animal Tracks is one in a series of comprehensive, nature-based field guides in a pocket-size trim with clear, full-color illustrations for easy subject identification.
make for a fuzzy, indistinct track. Ferret tracks are similar in shape but larger than those of weasels. 39 AnimalTracks_4pp.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
FalconGuides, and Outfit Your Mind are registered trademarks of Morris Book Publishing, LLC. Illustrations by Todd Telander Text design: Sheryl P. Kober Project editor: David Legere Layout: Sue Murray Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available on file. ISBN 978-0-7627-7415-9 Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 AnimalTracks_4pp.indd 2 3/23/12 1:11 PM Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
on all types of plant matter, including buds, branches, bark, roots, and leaves. Track size (front): 1½” wide x 2” long Track size (rear): 1¾” wide x 3” long Description of Track: There are four long toes on the front foot and five on the rear, although the smallest, innermost toe may not register. The toes’ pads on both feet may be indistinct in the track, but the heavy, long claws are almost always obvious. The fused metacarpal pads form a solid, fleshy mass that has a distinct, pebbly
pointing forward and the outer two facing out. Claws may or may not register. There is a fused metacarpal pad and distinct, round, proximal pads. The sole is hairless, and the heel may or may not register. This track is identical to the very common deer mouse, which occupies much of the same range, but also inhabits the western United States. 14 AnimalTracks_4pp.indd 14 3/23/12 1:11 PM MAMMALS Red Squirrel (Pine Squirrel, Chickaree), Tamiasciurus hudsonicus Family Sciuridae (Squirrels)
for herbs, grasses, and seeds. It undergoes a long winter hibernation in an underground burrow. Track size (front): 1¾” wide x 2½” long Track size (rear): 2” wide x 2½” long (heel not included) Description of Track: The front foot has four visible toes, with the inner fifth being greatly reduced. The rear foot has five toes, the outer two of which are lower and to the sides. All toes are somewhat narrow, and the claws may or may not register. The metacarpal pads are partly fused, and the front