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A wounded leprechaun?

jasride

Turbo Monkey
Sep 23, 2006
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Can anyone identify these prints in the snow? This was from back in January of this year in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. The snow was light and drifty, about 3 inches deep.A friend was hiking and did a solo overnighter and stumbled across these tracks. Guesses have ranged from a mountain lion to an iguana. The thin tail like print dragging in the snow is interesting. Im going with opossum.


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stevew

unique white person
Sep 21, 2001
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your taun taun will freeze before you reach the first marker!
 

bean

Turbo Monkey
Feb 16, 2004
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Boulder
I was thinking a bird of some sort. In the original photos the snow is compacted a bit more between the toes. Are there any birds with webbed feet that would be in that area at that time of year? Seems like it would need to be a pretty big bird for tracks to be a foot apart though.
 

syadasti

i heart mac
Apr 15, 2002
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VT
I was thinking a bird of some sort. In the original photos the snow is compacted a bit more between the toes. Are there any birds with webbed feet that would be in that area at that time of year? Seems like it would need to be a pretty big bird for tracks to be a foot apart though.
Toms can get pretty big, around 25 lbs...
 

jasride

Turbo Monkey
Sep 23, 2006
1,069
4
PA
I was thinking a bird of some sort. In the original photos the snow is compacted a bit more between the toes. Are there any birds with webbed feet that would be in that area at that time of year? Seems like it would need to be a pretty big bird for tracks to be a foot apart though.
Turkey is a good call. Definitely can see a resemblance in the photos. The original photos do show more of a web but it could be because the snow was really light and the prints were brushed over from the wind. And who knows how accurate the 1 to 2 ft spacing is, but I can see a turkey having at least a 1 ft span between steps here in Pennsyltucky.

Dang... was hoping for something a bit more erotic. I mean exotic.