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28 May 2007 @ 05:49 am
Track Identification Challenge!  

In his reply to my post of 24 May titled The Mighty Mississippi Desktop, which contained, as you may recall, a photo of said river in northern Minnesota formatted for use as a computer desktop, retooned asked: So are those *turtle* steps coming out of the Minn of the Mississippi on the lower right?

And you know? I couldn't say!

Now that the tracks have been pointed out to me, I do believe that I did, in fact, notice them at the time I took this (and other) picture(s), but I, Boy Naturalist that I am, neither pondered over-long nor deduced the nature of the critter what left them. So the best I can do is post a composite made up of the sections of the four photos I took that day which contain images of these tracks and let y'all inspect it and make a determination, if you can. As usual, to see them unreduced from the size ProX delivered them to me click on the "bigtoenail" below.

Turtle Tracks?

Current Mood: curiouspuzzled
Stephen Leighsleigh on May 28th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
Actually, those are tiny little tank treads. Homeland Security has produced miniature robot tanks to provide security for our waterways, so that the terrapins don't follow us home.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritterfredcritter on May 29th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
Wow. Fatherland Sec— I mean, Homeland Security has finally perfected those miniature robot tanks? Well, well, well … I'll sure sleep more soundly tonight, knowing that Big Bro— I mean, our wonderful Government Agencies are keeping watch!
Skylarkerskylarker on May 29th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
I can't get a very close look at them with the resolution on my machine. Are you sure they're not bird tracks? I'd expect a tail track between the two lines if it were a turtle.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 29th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)

Are you sure they're not bird tracks?
Nope. I'm not sure they're not bird tracks. I'm also not sure they're not turtle tracks. I'm quite sure they're not human, bicycle, motorcycle, or four-wheeler tracks, but other than than I'm not at all sure what manner of critter left them. That's why I posted the photo(s) and asked folks to venture an opinion.

wcolsher on May 29th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Them critter tracks
Turtle tracks evidently look like this:


As someone else mentioned, you can clearly see the tail track.

I'll bet an email to DNR will get you the answer.

(Anonymous) on January 6th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Them critter tracks
The tracks are turtle tracks. I have recently seen this type of track, including the turtle as it was making them. Although some turtle tracks do include the tail track, not all of them do.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 7th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Them critter tracks
Interesting. Thanks for the confirmation!