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Scat with fur in dormouse box

Observed: 27th December 2012 By: gillydormousegillydormouse’s reputation in Mammals
Scat with fur in dormouse box - possibly weasel
Scat with fur 2.
Description:

Pile of droppings in corner of dormouse box on top of old nest. Fur stuck to droppings looks like it is from prey eaten in the box. Could this be a weasel latrine. I have found similar piles of droppings in dormouse boxes before but this is the first time I have seen fur in a box. The droppings have a musty smell but it is not very strong. I am sure they are not rodent. (I am licensed to carry out dormouse box inspections)

Identifications
  • Weasel scat
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

notpop's picture

mould

I think the fur is mould growth on damp droppings

Mydaea's picture

I am sure you are right.

I am sure you are right.

gillydormouse's picture

The photograph may not be

The photograph may not be clear but it is definitely fur, not mould.

Gill

Mydaea's picture

If you look at the mould in

If you look at the mould in the upper smaller scat in particular you can see the spore-bearing swellings on the tips of the hyphae. Google images of Phycomyces and compare. Hair does not have swellings on the tips.

gillydormouse's picture

Hands up, and salutary lesson

Hands up, and salutary lesson learned (I hope) I went back to the box (dormice hibernating now so no risk of disturbance). When I tried to pick the 'fur' up it disintegrated in my fingers. Would still like to know what the droppings are as they don't seem right for rodent (not a healthy one anyway).

Gill

notpop's picture

rodent

looking at the droppings they are not the twisted type you expect from mustelids.
Look like mouse or vole to me

gillydormouse's picture

From what I have read weasel

From what I have read weasel droppings differ in appearance depending on diet and are not always twisted. I regularly see mouse and vole droppings when I check my dormouse boxes and also when I have checked Longworth traps. I am sure these are not rodent.

Gill

notpop's picture

20p

It is hard for anyone other than the observer to appreciate scale here.
A 20p coin does the trick .