Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What Scat is That?

Warning!!  Pictures of critter poop to follow!

I love having the critters in my yard.  Each time I look out of my windows, I don't know what to expect.  There is a slight down side to all these critters, however.  They tend to leave their calling cards.  Yesterday, when I went outside, I was greeted with three glistening piles of those cards.  I'm just not quite sure who left them, or if they were, in the end, all left by the same critter. So I thought I'd ask, hoping that you all might know.

This lovely pile was right on my sidewalk, near my back steps.  Cheeky little creature, whatever it was.

And, this was near my back flower garden.  Someone looking for some tasties, maybe?  It's very different from the first.



This pile was left near my driveway.  And, the ground near where it was is all dug up.  Looks like somebody found some tasties there.


This is one reason that I keep my snow shovel out all year long.  You just never know what you might be required to scoop up.  I'll be interested in seeing what you guys think, and I do hope that I haven't grossed anyone out.

11 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Grossed out? Not me. As a friend of mine once said, 'I'm a confirmed poop looker."

I'm guessing raccoon for the first, skunk for the third. The second has me puzzled. Kind of dark for dog... unless dog is eating a wild diet.

Tina said...

Raccoon?

Sharon said...

I'll go along with Vicki - simply because I haven't got a clue. Yes, #2 does look like dog, but it is so very dark - unless he's bleeding inside from an injury or been eating blueberries...
Good idea, keeping out your snow shovel!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Goat poo is so much better looking than those! I'll send you some of my special Isobelle poo for your collection!

Lori Skoog said...

Raccoon...yes. The bottom photo....skunks did that to the lawn that I mow. It all came back tho.

Upupaepops said...

aroundhere I would say coyote to raccoon

The animal is an omnivore and those look like cherry pits

Raccoon would be my vote if those are cherry pits. If not then coyote could be considered

We dont see much fox or skunk here so I am of no help

there are scat web sites ( scat is the technical name for wildlife feces)

Ellen Rathbone said...

I'd say the third is definitely raccoon. The first might also be...or it could be bear. How big was it? The second photo, well, it could be 'coon - an up-close encounter would make the ID easier. Considering your location, raccoon is probably a really contender for scats in your yard.

Canid scats will have a taper on one end. Often they have hair/fur in them, but this is fruit season, even for foxes and coyotes.

Size is also a big help in determining who dunnit.

The last photo - skunk. Very likely.

Terry said...

I don't know. We don't have fruit or berries, so there's nothing to compare yours too. We have a lot of coyote poop. It's quite dry, and usually has fur or skin in it.

Canyon Girl said...

We have coyote poop here too, but I have never seen a coyote poop as much as that!! Usually a couple of little turds. I'm talking about the second photo, which does look like canine poop to me. No raccoons here or skunks, they stay in the city of Tehachapi, go figure, but probably don't like the lack of water in the canyon. Sorry, my answer is much a do about nothing, I'm afraid. That is I have no clue.

barefootheart said...

I would go with raccoon for number 3 and skunk for number 4. Our lawn was quite torn up in some spots earlier in the year, but it all grew back fine with no help from me.

Anonymous said...

The lawn is a skunk digging for grubs. You may be wise to treat for grub worms if you wish them to stop digging. PC