Tracks, scats and other traces
Tracks, scats and other traces - a field guide to Australian mammals, revised edition

By Barbara Triggs


This edition published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, colour and B&W, soft plastic cover, 340 pages


Price $A49.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 0195550994 or ISBN 9780195550993

  • Description
  • About the author
  • Table of contents

Mammals inhabit every corner of our vast continent, yet the great majority of species are seldom seen. The only clue to their presence might be a footprint left on a muddy track, a scat deposited on a rocky ledge, or bones scattered on a forest floor. This book provides all the information needed to identify mammals anywhere in Australia, using only the tracks or other signs they leave behind.


Organised for easy identification of the visible traces, this guide is divided into 4 sections:


Tracks: line drawings are matched with photographs of the same tracks in sand or mud


Scats: of 128 species are illustrated in colour. A selection of scats and a distribution map and habitat information are given for each species.


Shelters, feedings signs and other traces: provides detailed descriptions and more than 70 colour photographs of the distinctive traces of mammals.


Bones – 40 full-page plates of skulls, lower jaws, humeri and femurs cover 38 commonly found species, and a detailed guide covers all mammal groups.


About the author


Barbara Triggs has lived in the bush, among the mammals she writes about, since 1972. An authority on the identification of mammalian traces, she is the author of several natural history books. Mammal tracks and signs won the Whitley Award for the Best Field Guide in 1984.


Table of contents







Shelters, feedings signs and other traces

Skulls, lower jaws, humeri and femurs