Track mystery 6

Answer: The track was made by a crocodilian, or crocodile-like animal. The long scratches left by the animal's claws suggest that it was moving in shallow water when it made the track. Buoyant animals cannot make full footprint impressions but often drag their toes in the mud.

Modern saltwater crocodile. Image from Molly Ebersold, St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Inset: Underwater view of the right front foot of a saltwater crocodile. Image by Vassil.

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