08 October 2009

Mysterious tracks in the C&O Canal - Part 2

In this post from early September, I had pictures of a series of parallel tracks in the mud of the C&O Canal in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. I also suspected that they were turtle tracks.

A couple of weeks ago I was able to get down into the canal and take closer shots of similar tracks on dry mud.

C&Otracks1

It looks like the hind foot steps very close to the print of the front foot, creating a series of double impressions. Also note the undulating groove in between the parallel foot prints, which, I suspect, was created by the tail.

Here is a close-up of one of the double foot prints. Are those claw marks that are visible in front of the lower print?

C&Otracks3

The next picture shows 2 sets of converging tracks. In this case only the bottom one had the tail impression.

C&Otracks2

They are probably turtle tracks, but I am still looking for definite proof.

1 comment:

AJB said...

The males of many North American turtles have much longer tails and front claws than the females...