Monday, June 27, 2011

Tracking Quiz

Can you identify the animal sign in this photo?


  1. No! Can you give a hint?

  2. I'm going to guess that the flower we see poking up shouldn't be growing in this habitat type and was transported or planted by an animal.

  3. Is it the funky green blob to the left of the indian pipes?

  4. Yes, the funky blob is a bone, the head of a large leg bone, which I did not even notice until after I had taken the photo. Eventually I noticed several other bones (rib and leg) in the immediate vicinity, presumably from the same body. All were too gnawed to say which species for sure. Probably a deer, but I could not rule out a large dog.

    Susan, you get partial credit.

    Dan, I am afraid I cannot give you any credit for your answer. The Indian pipe is in its right honest habitat, and transport by animals is a valid strategy for plant dispersal.