Rabbits are welcome guests in any yard, as long as they stay away from the tomatoes. If you find droppings around your home, you may wonder if they belong to the Peter Cottontail that you saw hopping across the lawn.
Read this article to learn more about what rabbit poop looks like, see rabbit poop images, and find out whether or not rabbit poop is safe for humans and pets to be around.
What Does Rabbit Poop Look Like?
Healthy rabbit pellet poops look like clusters of little brown balls. Sometimes the small round poops are separate from each other, but most of the time, they clump together.
Rabbits often poop in their nests, but sometimes they leave droppings in the grass around their home. These droppings come in pellet forms.
Bunnies poop often, releasing 200 to 300 pellets of waste per day. However, it is rare to see a lot of bunny poop in the wild. They eat their waste almost immediately after it leaves their body because it needs to pass through their digestive system twice to reap the full benefits of the nutrients.
Below, read more about how rabbit poop looks, the differences between rabbit poop and squirrel poop, and whether or not you should be concerned about finding rabbit poop lying around the garden.
Pictures of Rabbit Poop
Below is a real image of rabbit poop:
Rabbit vs. Squirrel Poop: Differences Between Rabbit Poop and Squirrel Poop
Rabbits and squirrels tend to roam the same territory during the day. They both like areas with lots of grass and other vegetation. With both rabbits and squirrels nearby, you may be wondering whose poop you are seeing around your yard.
Rabbits mostly poop in their nest, but squirrels poop anywhere but their nest. They prefer to poop around trees, under cars, or on stacks of wood.
Squirrel pellets are oblong. They have the shape of an enlarged grain of rice. Rabbit poop, on the other hand, is perfectly round.
Like rabbits, squirrels release these pellets in little clumps. Squirrel pellets tend to be in clumps no larger than a quarter, while rabbit clumps are usually big enough to fit in your palm (though you should not hold their poop).
A single pellet of rabbit scat is much like a pea in shape and size. At its biggest, it might be 12mm in diameter.
Rabbit poop is squishy when it first comes out, but after only a few minutes, it will lose its glossy look and become dry to the touch.
Rabbit poop is perfectly round. It comes out in little clumps of round pellets.
Rabbit poop is dark brown, sometimes black. When it is fresh, it appears darker in color. After a few minutes, it will start to dry and take on a browner hue.
Many home and property owners come across animal feces and are concerned about what animals may be lurking. Being able to identify the feces that wildlife and rodents leave behind will not only let you know what animals are in the area, but also can give clues as to how many of them are present.
At first, it can be distressing to find foreign looking animal feces in your home or on your property. Fears of aggressive or rabid animals, as well as the diseases they may carry are often the first worries.
Protecting your family and pets is of utmost importance. However, taking the time to correctly identify the feces is essential in assessing the threat or risk from the animals.
This research will also enable a home or property owner to devise an effective strategy for keeping any pest animals out of their homes, barns, or other areas where they are not welcome.
Scat Identification Techniques
- The first thing to do if you come across scat, or feces from animals, is to observe the location of the droppings. Notice where the feces are in relation to buildings, other structures, other animals, water, roads, and vegetation. Different animals will place their droppings in particular locations and this can be the first clue to identifying them.
- Next, observe the placement of the scat. Are the feces hidden or buried? Are they randomly dropped all over an area with seemingly little regard for placement, or are they tucked away in corners or neat piles? These factors can greatly narrow down the list of possible culprits.
- Note the size of the scat. If you are investigating feces found in your home or on your property, it is a good idea to obtain a ruler or tape measure that you can use to measure. Some animals’ feces may look identical to others from the same family, and size may be the only distinguishing feature. *REMEMEBR: animal feces can carry both diseases and parasites so they should never be handled without gloves.*
- What is the shape of the found fecal matter? Some shape characteristics to look for include if the feces are round, tapered at the ends, completely tubular, round pellets, twisted, or moist mounds.
- An additional clue to the species of animal leaving the scat is what is included in the feces. Berries, hair, seeds, and plant parts should all be looked for in the droppings. This information can be used to identify the animal that left it.
- Lastly, look around the area where you first identified the scat. In cases of feces from animals that have similar appearing feces to another species, it can be helpful to search for nearby footprints or tracks left by the animals. This can be used to confirm species.
Is Rabbit Poop Hazardous/Bad For Pets?
Rabbit poop has been known to carry parasites like tapeworm, but it is not a danger for humans to be around. Just be sure not to consume any and to wash your hands after any contact. Keep pets away from rabbit scat in the yard just in case, though the bunnies tend to clean up after themselves by eating their own poop.
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