Did you know that there are more than 3,000 different species of snakes? They’re found almost everywhere on the planet and can serve as a bit of a hazard. While snakes aren’t a common household pest, they can sometimes cause havoc on your outdoor areas, such as porches and patios.
If you’ve been interested in identifying snake poop, we’re here to help. Read on for a quick guide on how to identify snake feces, the hazards, and more!
What Does Snake Poop Look Like?
It’s difficult to say what snake poop looks like, given the massive number of different snakes you may encounter. For example, a small garter snake has different feces than a giant anaconda.
For this blog, we’ll go with the common snakes you might find in your yards. Garter snakes, Grass snakes, Kingsnakes, and other similar animals are frequent sights!
In general, snake excrement is rarely only feces. Snakes often defecate and urinate at the same time. Because of this, their poop is more liquid than solid, similar to bird droppings. They often have the same white coloration as well, making it easy to spot snake feces.
In addition, snake feces often contain remnants of their prey. Bones, scales, hair, and other materials the snake can’t digest end up in their waste. These remnants also make it easier to differentiate snake feces compared to similar animals.
Snake Poop Pictures
Below is a real image of snake poop via Seacoast Online:
Snake vs. Lizard Poop: Difference Between Snake and Lizard Feces
Given that both are reptiles, one would expect snakes and lizards to have similar feces. You may be concerned about differentiating the two in areas with large lizards, such as iguanas.
Lizard poop is much more solid than snake feces. Most lizards defecate a black pellet, usually with a white cap. These distinctive feces makes it easy to keep the two separate. Snakes have runny poop, lizards have solid poop!
Identifying Snake Poop
Snake poop size depends on the snake’s size. A common garden-variety snake likely won’t leave large puddles.
If the area is covered, you can assume it wasn’t bird feces. If you spot what looks like bird feces in a place a bird cannot reach, you almost definitely have found snake poop!
Is Snake Poop Hazardous?
Like any waste, snake poop carries health hazards. However, some fear that snake feces has venom. It does not, and you don’t need to fear for the safety of yourself or a pet that’s near the feces.
However, snakes commonly carry bacteria that can cause salmonella. If you spot snake feces, you should clean it immediately and try to remove the source if necessary.
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.
Final Thoughts: Snake Feces & Your Pet
Knowing how to recognize snake poop is a helpful survival tip. Luckily, identifying snake poop is easy, as it has a unique appearance. Snake poop is runny and white, similar to bird feces. Distinguishing the two types of animal feces will depend on your surroundings.
If you’d like to learn more about possible health risks and how to handle animal feces, browse the rest of our informative site!
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