Snow Tracks: Squirrel

Squirrel (family Sciuridae) tracks in snow, photographed 01/09/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

Squirrels (family Sciuridae) leave some interesting tracks.  Generally all four paw prints are located close together, but the sets of prints are relatively far apart.  The tracks in the photo above were spaced out about every three feet.

Squirrel (family Sciuridae) tracks in snow, photographed 01/09/2011 near Blissfield Michigan. Eastern cottonwood leaf for scale.

Squirrel tracks appear this way because they tend to move in a bounding fashion.  They don’t jump like rabbits; instead they sort of compress and release their bodies like slinkies.

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About Jeremy Sell

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