Animal Scat

A common animal sign that is often ignored or passed over because of our human tendency to look upon it as dirty, is scat, or droppings. However, this is another way to identify the species that are present in an area, and even determine what they are eating in that location. Scientists studying scat can determine the health of the individual animal by analyzing the chemical content of this material, as well as looking for seeds, plant parts, berries, and other indicators of the animal's diet. Predator scat often contains large amounts of hair and bones from the prey. Rabbit and other herbivore scat usually contains only plant material. Although this is an important part of animal tracking, I must preface this page with a warning to those who may be squeamish or are bothered by animal fecal droppings. I have included photos of the real thing, so if you are bothered by such things, please do not go any farther. I don't want to offend anyone and would not deliberately try to do so. This is of scientific interest to some and is information that I have found lacking on the 'net. If you are interested in learning another dimension of tracking, read on.

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Mountain lion scat
Cougar (mountain lion) scat.
deer pellets
Deer scat. Typical form.
deer cluster
Deer scat. Clustered form.
jackrabbit pellet
Jackrabbit scat. (Pellet)
horse
Horse scat. (Several months old.)
black bear scat
Black bear scat. (Three months old,
composed of apple peels.)

New black bear scat page

coyote scat with hair
Coyote scat, with hair of prey.
coyote scat
Coyote scat.
river otter scat
River Otter scat.
mouse scat
Mouse scat.
robin scat
Robin scat.
human
Human scat.
wild turkey scat
Wild turkey scat.
bobcat scat
Bobcat scat.

bobcat scrape
Bobcat scrape.


Raven Scat

 

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Now available: "Animals Don't Cover Their Tracks - An Introduction to Animal Tracking" on CD! (Version 3.0) New drawings, more species, more photos, more extensive sections on tracking humans, more detailed directions for plaster casting, mystery tracks section, tracking stories section, and more. The CD features over 100 species, including special bonus sections with the tracks of some African and Australian animals. A large section on tracking lost people for search and rescue is included, with over four pages of photos showing the details of tracks and signs people leave. Easy to use format. This web site is limited by bandwidth, but the CD-ROM is not. The CD is available in my online store at: www.dirt-time.com  Works with Mac or PC. Happy tracking!!

What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw  prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!

 

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Page updated: November 20, 2007.

Copyright 1997-2007. Text, drawings, and photos by Kim A. Cabrera - Desert Moon Design