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Animal droppings

Observed: 20th December 2009 By: Barnmead
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Cylindrical black/dark brown droppings up to 4cms long near yellowish stain, probably urine, with rather indistinct footprints nearby found in our driveway. Could they be from a stoat or weasel? I have searched for sites trying to find dropping IDs but without much success.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Norwichnaturalist's picture

It is anyone guess, could be

It is anyone guess, could be any mustelid or similar

Colin Jacobs.
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bobthebirder's picture


Not my area of expertise really, but my daughter used to keep pet rats and they did things that looked a lot like this. I also had a pet ferret and its droppings were much bigger and less cylindrical than these.

Bob Ford

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Rodent not mustelid

All mustelids have long, thin droppings tapering off at one end; similar to cat or fox.

Rodents all have cylindrical droppings as in your photos. The size, as indicated by your ruler, show they are too large to be anything other than rat. The prints are also indicative of rat.

Graham Banwell

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Barnmead's picture

Thank you.

Thank you.