Here in the UK we're a little short of deserts, so whilst in the US for last year's SVP we took advantage of visiting the Mojave and spend some time with the SVP field trip in Utah and northern Arizona. Below is a small selection of tracks we encountered whilst out and about.
|Arthropod track. Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah.|
|Arthropod track. Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah. Notice other tracks crossing nearly perpendicular to|
the double-lined track, possibly an arachnid trace.
|Kangaroo Rat. Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah.|
|The Beehives, Valley of Fire, Nevada. This trackway, which obviously belongs to a large mammal|
was a few hundred yards away from the car park. Note the paired footprints and tail drag mark.
|Close-up of one of the footprints from the trackway pictured above.|
Could this be a coyote trackway?
I wish I had more time to record all of these traces properly, but time didn't permit, especially on the Valley of Fire trip which was an excursion from Las Vegas, and was running to a strict schedule. Also, I wasn't so ready for photogrammetry at the time, now it would be very different!