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How to identify squirrel tracks

No matter where you live, squirrels are the kinds of little rodents that you will find just about everywhere. They are one of the most common rodents.

What you may not realize is that there can be several different kinds of squirrels that are around your area. While there are clearly similarities between the different species, that does not mean that they are identical. In fact, there are very clear differences between the different species of squirrels is in the tracks that these rodents produce.

If you are a person who wants to know what the different kinds of squirrels are that live in your area, then it may be a good idea to be able to identify the different kinds of squirrels that may be around. By learning the track prints that a squirrel can leave, you can really start to narrow down which possible squirrels live in your area.

Starting with the red squirrel, you will find that this species produces very small prints, especially in the front paws. The back paws can be much bigger, primarily because a portion of the back leg is often included with the print, much like you would find with a rabbit. This is because the squirrel does not really run, but hops much like a rabbit does.

The front paws only show the five toes of the animals as well as the upper most area of the palm where the toes connect to the palm. This means that the track is really no more than about a half inch in length and width, making it pretty easy to detect.

The back paw print will show much of the same print, but will also have longer area in the middle where the back leg touched.

For most other species of squirrels, you will not see the back imprint at all. It will look very much like the front print, despite the fact the animal runs in much the same way as the red squirrel. It simply does not push off with its back leg and whole foot as much.

For the flying squirrel, the front prints are quite similar, but the back is quite different. While a portion of the back leg is not used, these animals move by using the whole foot of the back legs. This will give more an entire foot look to the back tracks, making it much easier to distinguish from other species of squirrels that you will see.

What this tells you is that the front imprint is quite common in the different kinds of squirrels, but it is in the back tracks that you will see the significant difference. When you find tracks you will now be able to tell which kind of squirrel has made its way onto your property. This will give you a more informed mind about what is around your property and you will be able to amaze your friends and family with your knowledge about squirrels. What could be more exciting than that. Read more: Squirrel Control, How to Get Rid of Squirrels, how to get squirrels out of your attic, Squirrel Feces, How to Keep Squirrels Away from House, How to Kill Squirrels.

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