The Encyclopedia of Tracks and Scats: A Comprehensive Guide to the Trackable Animals of the United States and Canada

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Globe Pequot, 2004 - Reference - 428 pages
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The Encyclopedia of Tracks and Scats is the first comprehensive guidebook for identifying the tracks and scats of all trackable animals of the United States and Canada. With ample use of photographs and line drawings, Len McDougall, an adroit tracker and an experienced teacher of tracking skills, takes the reader step-by-step from basic identification skills to interpretation and understanding of the animal's behavior by means of its tracks and scats. The Encyclopedia of Tracks and Scats also offers a handy key of track and scat characteristics that enables the reader to quickly verify the source of any markings.
  

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While I haven't read this book, the preview afforded by google books has lead me to believe that the information is dated and inaccurate. This is extreme in the case of turtle information. I have yet to come across recent primary literature (research that is peer reviewed) that indicates territoriality in turtles. The claim that snapping turtles behead dominant painted turtles is ludicrous at best. Observational and anecedotal evidence plagues the study of reptiles, often adding to their bad reputations which in turn hinder conservation attempts.
I was quite surprised to learn this book was published in 2004. Clearly a better understanding of our reptilian fauna is needed to be passed down from the scientific community to the general public.
 

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Contents

Taxonomy and Dental Classification
21
Commonly Tracked Animals of North America
29
Pawed Animals
87
Birds
277
Amphibians
331
Reptiles
351
Finding Recording and Preserving Tracks Scats and Hair
379
The Trackers Field Kit
397
Glossary of Terms
411
Glossary of Scientific Names
419
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About the author (2004)

Len McDougall is a full-time outdoor writer and professional photographer and illustrator with more than thirty years' experience in the North Woods. He teaches survival classes by appointment and tests outdoors products and has also worked as a field guide and tracker. His books include The Complete Tracker, The Field & Stream Wilderness Survival Handbook, Made for the Outdoors, The Outdoors Almanac, and Practical Outdoor Survival.

He lives in Paradise, Michigan.

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