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    Identifying Fecal Matter

    Do snakes deposit their 'poop' in one spot, (in the wild) or do they let it trail out behind. I'm not keen on watching snakes 'poop' (don't have one either!), I just thought someone may have an observation.

    At the Campsite today, I saw a 'pile'. No other animal tracks were around. The 'poop' had traces of white in it. I am assuming that it is urates. The 'pile' was fairly uniform, sort of a spiral cone, about 3/4 inch high, and 1 1/4 wide. Located out in the open, on a semi-sandy, low sloping hill. As I stated before, there was no evidence of any other animal tracks in the area. If someone has some observations on this subject, let me know!

    (I don't normally go looking for 'poop', it just happened to be there, right out in the open)

    NH has several species of snakes, and some of them can get to a good size. Black Racer, Brown Hognose, Eastern Diamondback,(I doubt it is the rattler, very scarce, and not in southern NH), Brown or Black Watersnake.
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    Re: Identifying Fecal Matter

    if it was a nice spiral pile, I doubt the owner was snake - a pile indicates it fell, and since the animal that created it was probably on the ground, it probably had its body lifted up on legs. You're probably looking at mammal poop. The white could be indigestible food matter - a number of animals routinely eat human garbage (which is abundant in camping areas).
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    Re: Identifying Fecal Matter

    The Campground isn't open yet, Hardly any human activity, and none at all at night. Thanks for the reply. The white could also have been bone matter possibly. Not really sure without 'taking' it apart. I didn't get that close, and don't intend to. Studying fecal matter to determine the species is not what I want to do for a living, or for 'fun'!
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    Re: Identifying Fecal Matter

    Sounds to me as though Dragoness nailed it. In my limited experience I have noticed that snakes in any capacity tend to deposit in a more or less straight line as they are leaving it behind. It is harder to see that (if you even want to) with a captive snake as they don't usually have the floor space to really leave the waste deposit behind them.
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    Re: Identifying Fecal Matter

    Getting the poop on poop!

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    Re: Identifying Fecal Matter

    Quote Originally Posted by wgnelson View Post
    Studying fecal matter to determine the species is not what I want to do for a living, or for 'fun'!
    What is wrong with that? I've done that millions of times! You will be surprised about the fascinating insects that you will discover as well.
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