Boxing day footwear

Maker unknown; guess not only the animal, but the part of the animal.

P1030533

34 Comments

  1. Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Alligator tail.

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  2. Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Handsome pair of boots! I would go with alligator tail also.

  3. Miles_Teg
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    I’ll compromise with 1 and 2: Caiman tail?

  4. docbill1351
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Cayman.

    Or, in Ferengi, “Cay-mon.”

  5. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Dragon. The windpipe.

  6. coozoe
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Goat

  7. Desnes Diev
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Ostrich’s feet?

    Desnes Diev

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink

      Yes, I think so too.

    • Reginald Selkirk
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      Wouldn’t it have two toes then?

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      I would definitely agree with ratite tarsus (not foot exactly), but could be emu (as far as I can tell without checking).

      My first thought was snake, because the broad scutes look like ventrals, but the other scales are not ophidian-like and such a combination occurs in no squamate of sufficient size. Non-overlapping polygonal scales are typical of archosaurs.

    • Jeff Johnson
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      After reading John Scanlon’s post, and looking at some photos of boots (is that cheating?) I withdraw my snake vote and say it does truly look like ostrich leg.

  8. Hempenstein
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Gila monster belly.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:25 am | Permalink

      Lemme revise that to caiman tail.

  9. Jeff Johnson
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Looks like the belly of a snake.

    • Posted December 26, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      My thought, too, but obviously not….

      b&

  10. moleatthecounter
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    The Welsh Three-toed Hopping Catfish? It’s definitely not axolotl this time…

  11. Marcoli
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    I think ostrich leg skin.

  12. Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Definitely not a caiman(or any other crocodilian) belly, which have multiple scutes per transverse row, nor a crocodilian’s tail, where the distalmost whorls do have one ventral, but the laterals are also enlarged. Lizards are out for the same reason– those with enlarged ventrals have multiple scales in each transverse row. Snakes have a single enlarged ventral, but the laterals look more irregular in size and arrangement than I would expect on most snakes. I have insufficient knowledge of ratite (ostrich, emu, etc.) feet to make an informed comment on that possibility.

    • gravelinspector
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      That, in longer words, is the reasoning that was taking me towards a snake too.
      But just to be different and split the difference, how about an axolotl? (Now having to check the size of axolotls … and their spelling! Typically 23, max 30cm ; doesn’t look likely.
      OK, having considered scale scale, it’ll have to be a big snake : python, boa or anaconda? On which point … I hear my space ship (a Cobra Mk3, out of Lave on the Tionisla run) calling …

      • Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

        Can’t be an axolotl– amphibians don’t have epidermal scales.

        • gravelinspector
          Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

          Oh yes, of course. I don’t get to see many amphibians – severe declines here over the last few decades – and I’d forgotten the silky smoothness of their skin.

    • Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      Upon further reflection, I think it’s the big toe of a ratite. Can’t tell if it’s ostrich or emu.

  13. morkindie
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Dungar DoraThen crafted those from the big toes on the front foot of the Black Dragon Giedromax, Terror of the southern Narlmarches.

  14. bryanderthal
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Homo sapien – Feet

    (Those boots can’t fool me!)

  15. Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Some type of monitor lizard

    • Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      *monitor lizard belly*

  16. Anita
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Ostrich legs!

  17. Anita
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    It could also be giant turtle legs? ;-)

  18. Roberto Aguirre Maturana
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Stingray tail.

  19. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Yep, it’s ostrich leg, as several people have noted (pat yourselves on the back!). The “scales” indicate to me the reptilian ancestry of birds, but perhaps they’re not homologous chracters. Some reader will know.

  20. marycanada FCD
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Too late to guess but must say they’re nice lookin’

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