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How to distinguish rat from stoat prints.

Stoat footprints can be mistaken for rat footprints. However, if you draw a line between the first toe (A in the picture) and fourth toe (B in the picture) the line will cross over the central footpad if it is a rat (pictured) and in front of the central footpad if it is a stoat.

Drawing based on one in: Gillies C., and Williams D. 2002: A short guide for identifying footprints on tracking tunnel papers. Unpublished Draft Standard Operating Procedure Department of Conservation, Waikato.