Photographs of Raccoon Poop - Images of Feces and Droppings (2022)

The below photos should help you properly identify the animal poop that you see. These are pictures of raccoon poop. If you see these types droppings in your attic or yard, they were made by a raccoon. Please DO NOT TOUCH RACCOON FECES. It can contain raccoon roundworm, which can infect people, and cause blindness and other terrible symptoms. Call your local pro and you will get free advice about how to handle and clean raccoon droppings.

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RACCOON POOP DESCRIPTION: Fairly large, like dog poo. Averages 3/4 inch in diameter. The sides are usually textured, and the tips are often rounded or broken off. The surefire giveaway is if there are berries in the poop. Raccoon feces commonly have berries, so if you see them, it's definitely raccoon.

Photographs of Raccoon Poop - Images of Feces and Droppings (1)
The above image of raccoon feces was photographed in the attic of a house with a raccoon problem. I was able to identify the type of animal by inspecting the turds. Once I know what type of critter is in the house or the crawlspace, ceiling, yard, or any other part of the property, I can take the proper steps to get rid of the unwanted wildlife.

Does raccoon poop cause any health risk or disease concerns? Yes. Raccoon Roundworm in both people and pets is caused by contact with infected raccoon feces, which can pass the eggs to humans. Contracting this disease occurs by ingestion or even inhalation of the eggs. Infection of humans can lead to larval parasites, which affect the central nervous system. In addition to roundworm, Giardia lamblia is a protozoan causing diarrhea, and is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated by raccoon excrement. Raccoon Roundworm — What is it?

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Photographs of Raccoon Poop - Images of Feces and Droppings (2)
The above picture is part of a raccoon latrine - lots of feces and pee. I have more pics of raccoon poop here on my website, or I can send some more to you if you write to me. I don't think anyone else out there has as many images of raccoon poop and droppings as me - I often take photos of animal droppings to show the customer what kind of animal they have, and so that they can decide if they need me to clean up the raccoon waste, the scat and urine, and decontaminate. If you need to know how to identify raccoon poop, pictures such as the ones above are the best bet, but you can take a photograph and send it to me, and I'll tell you what kind of animal droppings you have.

How do I clean up the raccoon latrine? You must remove the feces by hand, including any soiled and dirty insulation and bag it in plastic bags. Be sure to wear gloves and a HEPA respirator mask, and even a Tyvek suit. I then spray / fog the area with a special enzyme cleaner, but any good disinfectant will suffice for some of it. To kill raccoon roundworm, you need a special cleaner. Read more info on my: attic cleanup and restoration page.

Customer email about raccoon poo:

Hello, Thank you for all the work you have put into informing the public about animals in the wrong places. I am in the tree service business and have minimal experience with live trapping. We bought our house in 1991 and at the time, the home was vacant for 3 years. We are in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and are near a large, old wooded golf coarse. When we got the house, it had many problems, one was infestation. Ants, mice, and Raccoons. The attic was absolutely full of raccoon shit, and mouse crap too. The elderly women that owned the house fed the birds (religiously) and boarded cats and dogs for people. I found four inches of rotten bird feed in the sub floor in the garage storage closets. The exterminator (at the time) said "It was the largest population of mice in a devilling I have ever encountered". We had a raccoon in the attic and it was finally eliminated (live trapped and relocated). The house (a one story ranch) had screened in air vents (under the overhangs) that I put a double layer of 1/4" hardware cloth over and new moldings that proved to discourage entry. Since then, no problems until 3 years ago, when I found them under our deck, nesting inside a window well. The female had pups and we watched them age (through the glass in the basement). When fall came, and they went to make their own way, I put a few moth balls out and closed off the entry way and thought, problem solved. Last month while pruning a tree, I found (on the other side of the house) an entry way in the overhang air vent (that was never re-enforced with the hardware cloth upgrade......dumbass). My eleven year old daughters' bedroom is right under that part of the attic and we here the goings on at dawn and dusk. This house has a very low angle roof line and almost a flat roof (Frank Lloyd Wright style). The attic is more a belly crawl space and really complicated the last removal efforts. I don't think I can reach the raccoon latrine. In the north, when do you think the cubs will be moving on? I have a nice, big, Havahart live trap. Jim

My response: Raccoon cubs move on in 6 months, but I'd try to get them out sooner, by manual removal, because you don't want that racoon feces building up in your attic.

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I've also written a page about raccoon urine, which also contaminates attic spaces, and can promote wood rot.

Skat is the name given to raccoon poop, and it's poop that you may even have encountered in your own back yard without even knowing it. Believe it or not, the poop of a raccoon looks very much like the poop of a cat or small dog. Those poor domestic animals have long since been taking the blame for droppings left by wild passing scavengers, but it's time to put the record straight.

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Raccoon poop usually has a bit more in the way of remnants left in the poop, helping you to work out whether or not it is a raccoon or another animal, such as a cat or dog, leaving it. If the poop is in the attic, there's a very slight chance that your dog or another dog in the neighborhood has managed to get up there, but a cat can occasionally master the feat. If the feces has berries or other food remnants in it, there's a good chance it is raccoon skat.

Raccoon Skat is Dangerous

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Before we continue, we feel that it is our duty to inform you of the dangers of working closely alongside raccoon droppings, such as when you are cleaning it up. Although the animal will usually do you a favor, leaving all droppings and waste in a latrine area and, therefore, concentrated to just one patch, the dangers associated with it make it something you just wouldn't want to clean up yourself.

Clearing up raccoon skat requires as much protective gear as you can get your hands on - a face mask, thick gloves, eye protection, and even a protective suit if you can get one. Everything you use to clean up the mess should be disposed of too. Throw the old bucket and sponges out and treat yourself to new ones. The old ones are contaminated now.

Cleaning Raccoon Skat is Actually Time Critical

Raccoons are responsible for the spread of one of their namesakes - raccoon roundworm. This delightful little parasite has eggs laid in the feces of raccoons, and about two to four weeks after the eggs were laid, they start to become problematic. If you can get to the feces and clean it up properly within the first two to four weeks, the chances of you encountering the infective eggs of raccoon roundworm are reduced.

Indoor Cleaning & Outdoor Cleaning = Slightly Different

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When you're working in the great outdoors - an outside latrine - you are working in a well-ventilated area. When you're cleaning raccoon droppings out of your attic, you are NOT in a well-ventilated space. This changes the products you can safely use and how long you can safely confine yourself to the small space that is your attic.

The dust and remnants of raccoon poop can turn dry and dusty when they have been there for some time, and the tiny disease spores can then be sent airborne, particularly when they are swept about. We do not recommend that you attempt to clean up dry and dusty raccoon skat, first spraying it lightly with some water, perhaps mixed with antibacterial essential oils. When it is moist, the particles are heavier and, therefore, less likely to be scattered around in the air.

Wearing your protective clothing, including gloves, full body suit, boot coveralls, eye protection, and a breathing or face mask, you should put all debris and droppings into a bag that will be sealed when full, and then disposed of in the correct manner. It can be buried, although you are running the risk of another wild animal digging up the remains, you can also burn the material, or multi-trash-bag it. The best option here is to burn the material. You can make one hundred percent sure that it has all been disposed of correctly. We recommend that you continue to wear the breathing or face mask whilst in the vicinity of the burning material.

Any areas that have been in contact with potentially contaminated material should be wiped down, but not with a really wet cloth or sponge; with one that is slightly damp. Again, the water spray might come in handy here. Once all dirty bits are gone, you can start to use cleaning products that will then disinfect the area and take away any remaining disease threats. A strong disinfectant is a good place to start, although, you must remember not to mix cleaning products and to always read the label. Certain products are not suited to small and enclosed spaces, and when two or more cleaning products are mixed together, they have the potential to react, causing a potentially dangerous situation for you.

In layers, you will want to use antibacterial, anti-fungal, and disinfectant cleaning products, using as much of your strength as you can muster to give the entire area a really good scrub down. This isn't the kind of job to graze over, because any material, no matter how small, left behind has the potential to spread disease to you, the rest of your family or household, and also to any pets or other wild critters that are nearby.

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There are NO known chemicals or cleaning products that kill off roundworm eggs, so this is a job that you will want to do to the very best of your ability, or leave it down to the professionals.

Go back to the Raccoon Removal page, or learn tips to do it yourself with my How to Get Rid of Raccoons guide.

FAQs

What does a raccoons poop look like? ›

Raccoon feces are usually about two to three inches long, dark and tubular in shape. An easy way to tell dog feces from raccoon poop is to look for undigested food. Raccoon feces often contains pieces of undigested berries that can be easily seen.

What does old racoon poop look like? ›

Raccoon droppings look like small dog droppings. They are dark in color, smell bad, and often contain undigested seeds or other food items. Because latrines are used repeatedly, there are often older, dry droppings mixed with fresh wet droppings.

What does raccoon or possum poop look like? ›

Their feces are usually about half an inch to an inch in diameter and tubular in shape, typically with a break in the middle. The feces are dark in color. The exterior of raccoon poop might look brittle, almost similar in texture to tree bark.

Are raccoons scat black? ›

Raccoon feces are typically tubular, 2 to 3 inches long, and usually black in color. When seen in pictures or up close in your yard, raccoon scat may resemble those of a small or medium-sized dog. Their feces are typically tubular, 2 to 3 inches long, and usually black in color, with rounded or broken ends.

What does a possum poop look like? ›

Possum poop is usually blackish or very dark brown and can look like the feces of a small dog. You won't often find seeds in the possum excrement because they do not eat seeds as part of their diet.

Do raccoons cover their poop like cats? ›

Do Raccoons Bury Their Poop? Raccoons do not bury their poop as cats do. They like to do it in groups, and where it's comfortable, and they'll often come back and use the same place repeatedly. It's called a “raccoon latrine” and you don't want that in your garden or attic.

Do raccoons poop in the same spot? ›

Raccoons are actually very clean animals, and will go to the bathroom in the same spot, away from where they eat and sleep. This spot is known as a “Latrine Site”. Luckily a raccoon's commitment to a latrine site isn't very strong, so it's usually pretty easy to get them to choose a different one.

Where do raccoons poop? ›

Raccoons typically defecate at the base of or in raised forks of trees, or on raised horizontal surfaces such as fallen logs, stumps, or large rocks. Raccoon feces can also be found on woodpiles, decks, rooftops, and in attics, garages, and haylofts.

What does a coyote scat look like? ›

Coyote scats are rope-like and typically filled with hair and bones, unlike dog scat which is soft from dog food. Coyotes use scat to communicate and so they usually deposit scats in the middle of trails or near the borders of their territories where they are easily seen.

Is there an app to identify animal poop? ›

Who Poo® includes a built-in filter, the circular purple button in the Library tab, where users can input scat and track dimensions to find the closest animal nearby matching those characteristics.

What does skunk feces look like? ›

Skunk droppings look similar to those of a cat and are typically found in lawns and gardens. The waste is tubular, has blunt ends, and usually measures about a quarter to half an inch in diameter and one to two inches long. Skunk poop generally contains bits of undigested insects, berry seeds, fur, or feathers.

What leaves little black droppings? ›

The feces of small to medium cockroaches are black and resemble black pepper or ground coffee. Larger cockroaches leave brown or black droppings which are cylindrical in shape and have ridges down the sides of them.

What animal leaves black poo? ›

Known as spraint, otter droppings are normally coarse and black, full of fish scales, shell fragments, fish and crayfish parts, and sometimes feathers or fur.

What animal has small round black poop? ›

Raccoon. Raccoon droppings are dark brown/black pieces with a tubular shape, blunt ends, and an average size of 1/2-inch diameter with 2-3 inches length (fairly fat and short). It is often filled with remnants of what they have eaten recently such as undigested pieces of corn, berries, or seeds.

What does a fox poop look like? ›

Fox scat looks more like cat poo than dog poo. It is dark brown to black and about the length and width of a thumb, and it can look a bit dry and stringy with a pointy end.

What do squirrel feces look like? ›

Both squirrel, and rat feces are dark brown or black. However, there is a slight difference between the feces of the two pests in shape. Rat droppings are spindle-shaped. Squirrel feces may also be spindle-shaped or they may appear clumped, depending primarily on the moisture content of their food source.

What does snakes poop look like? ›

Normal snake excrement is dark brown or black. Mostly it is solid and has a log shape with lumps. Usually, with snake poop, you will also see a white urea cap that has a chalk-like appearance. Poop size depends on the snake.

What is a good racoon repellent? ›

As a general rule, the best raccoon repellents irritate the senses of a raccoon to keep them away. Peppermint essential oil, bright lights, coffee grounds, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, epsom salt, predator urine, ammonia, vinegar, loud noises and fragrant soaps all can repel raccoons.

Why are raccoons pooping in my yard? ›

Raccoons will poop in your yard because they have found a place where they feel safe and comfortable to open their bowels. Once a raccoon has a safe pooping spot, it will continue to come back again and again. That's when the poop starts to mount up.

What will deter raccoons? ›

How to deter raccoons
  • Use light and sound. Raccoons are usually entering your yard to find a safe, warm and quiet place to nest. ...
  • Remove the Vegetation. ...
  • Plant cucumber. ...
  • Use ammonia or vinegar to steer them away. ...
  • Use garlic or cayenne pepper to make a repellant. ...
  • Use predator urine. ...
  • Close any access points. ...
  • Cover water Sources.
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Does Irish Spring soap repel raccoons? ›

Many of the same smells that deter deer, such as capsaicin and mint, also repel raccoons. In general, Irish Spring soap can be an effective raccoon repellent. For the most part, you'll never see a raccoon munching in your garden.

What smells do racoons hate? ›

Spices like cinnamon, black pepper or cayenne pepper bother a raccoon's sense of smell, forcing it to relocate to a more livable area. By mixing cayenne pepper and onion in boiling water, you can create a natural raccoon repellant. You can add hot sauce to the mixture, as well.

Will vinegar keep raccoons away? ›

Vinegar will deter raccoons from returning time and again to your home and yard since they hate the smell. Like if you were using peppermint oil to deter them, you can soak a number of rags with vinegar then put them in key access points around your home and yard to keep them away, albeit until the smell fades.

What attracts raccoons to your yard? ›

Main Attraction: Raccoons are attracted to sweet foods, especially ripe fruit such as apples, peaches, and plums. They also feed on apricots, cherries, and mulberries.

What is the natural enemy of the raccoon? ›

Predators. Hawks, owls and humans are major predators. Snakes may eat young raccoons.

Will a porch light keep raccoons away? ›

Although a porch light is helpful, it will not keep every raccoon away because the light source is too high. Motion-activated floodlights are lower and will only activate after a raccoon triggers the sensors. If you place the lights in key locations around your property, they will scare the raccoons away.

Is it safe to clean up raccoon poop? ›

Eggs in newly deposited feces are not infectious and take at least 2–4 weeks to become infective. Prompt removal and destruction of raccoon feces will reduce risk for exposure and possible infection. Take care to avoid contaminating hands and clothes. Wear disposable gloves.

Where do racoons pee? ›

Raccoons also set up latrines near their dens, which is where they deposit their urine and excrement.

How do raccoons mark their territory? ›

Rubbing Their Butts On Places They Want To Claim

Raccoons secrete strong smells from their anal glands. They rub their butts against items such as trees and rocks to leave their unique scents behind and let other raccoons know that the territory is already spoken for.

What does a bobcat scat look like? ›

Usually, bobcat scat is tubular and black or brown in color. It is easy to mistake for dog droppings. However, wildcat waste will usually contain fur or bones due to the animals' diet. Homeowners may find bobcat poop on the ground near urine spray marks on trees, decks, or outbuildings.

What does Cougar droppings look like? ›

Cougar droppings are generally cylindrical in shape, segmented, and blunt at one or both ends. An average dropping measures 4 to 6 inches long by 1 to 1½ inches in diameter. The size of the dropping may indicate the size of the cougar.

What does male deer poop look like? ›

Deer poop generally has a bullet-shaped or pellet-like appearance. More specifically, each dropping usually has different shapes, but they are pointed at one end and have an indentation at the other. Deer scat's color changes depending on the animal's diet. It can be anything from black to brown to green.

What does animal poop look like? ›

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What animal feces looks like dog feces? ›

Not surprisingly, coyote droppings look very similar to dog feces as they are a tubular shape with tapered ends.In winter, coyote droppings tend to be darker in color with more fur and bone fragments mixed in due to the animals they've eaten.

What does Groundhog feces look like? ›

Similar to other rodents, groundhogs have medium-sized, oval-shaped droppings which are usually dark brown or black in color.

Does raccoon poop have hair in it? ›

It somewhat resembles dog poop, except it contains more undigested food, like seeds and hair. According to Paula Smith, who is familiar with all kinds of poop, raccoon droppings are “radioactive.” She may be referring to the fact that it may contain parasitic roundworms and their eggs.

What color is skunk feces? ›

Dark brown droppings that have a lot of insect parts in them are most likely skunk droppings. Skunk droppings can also contain large amounts of seeds, fur, berries, grass and feathers.

Where do skunk poop? ›

Skunks poop wherever they please, so their scat may appear in your backyard, basement, or attic. Unlike raccoons, skunks do not poop in the same spot. Skunks poop wherever they please, so their scat may appear in your backyard, basement, or attic.

How do I get rid of raccoon poop in my yard? ›

Treat feces-soiled decks, patios, and other surfaces with boiling water or a propane torch. ** Disinfect hard, smooth surfaces (including shovel blades) • with boiling water. To help further reduce the risk of possible infection, wash • your hands well with soap and warm running water.

Where do raccoons poop? ›

Raccoons typically defecate at the base of or in raised forks of trees, or on raised horizontal surfaces such as fallen logs, stumps, or large rocks. Raccoon feces can also be found on woodpiles, decks, rooftops, and in attics, garages, and haylofts.

What is the natural enemy of the raccoon? ›

Predators. Hawks, owls and humans are major predators. Snakes may eat young raccoons.

What smells do racoons hate? ›

Spices like cinnamon, black pepper or cayenne pepper bother a raccoon's sense of smell, forcing it to relocate to a more livable area. By mixing cayenne pepper and onion in boiling water, you can create a natural raccoon repellant. You can add hot sauce to the mixture, as well.

Will a porch light keep raccoons away? ›

Although a porch light is helpful, it will not keep every raccoon away because the light source is too high. Motion-activated floodlights are lower and will only activate after a raccoon triggers the sensors. If you place the lights in key locations around your property, they will scare the raccoons away.

Is it safe to clean up raccoon poop? ›

Because raccoons are the primary host of Baylisascaris procyanis, a roundworm that can harm people, and the roundworm eggs may be present in raccoon feces, their latrines should be removed and cleaned up whenever they might pose a health hazard.

Why are raccoons pooping in my yard? ›

Raccoons will poop in your yard because they have found a place where they feel safe and comfortable to open their bowels. Once a raccoon has a safe pooping spot, it will continue to come back again and again. That's when the poop starts to mount up.

Will vinegar keep raccoons away? ›

Vinegar will deter raccoons from returning time and again to your home and yard since they hate the smell. Like if you were using peppermint oil to deter them, you can soak a number of rags with vinegar then put them in key access points around your home and yard to keep them away, albeit until the smell fades.

Where do racoons pee? ›

Raccoons also set up latrines near their dens, which is where they deposit their urine and excrement.

How do raccoons mark their territory? ›

Rubbing Their Butts On Places They Want To Claim

Raccoons secrete strong smells from their anal glands. They rub their butts against items such as trees and rocks to leave their unique scents behind and let other raccoons know that the territory is already spoken for.

Is racoon poop toxic to dogs? ›

It can make a dog very sick and can be fatal if it is not treated quickly. There is a vaccine available to prevent your dog from contracting this disease. The feces of a racoon can carry a parasite called raccoon roundworm.

How do you permanently get rid of raccoons? ›

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  1. Add a motion-activated sprinkler. ...
  2. Use ultrasound deterrent devices. ...
  3. Secure trash cans. ...
  4. Bag your trash in raccoon-repelling trash bags. ...
  5. Make your own raccoon repellent. ...
  6. Use ammonia. ...
  7. Remove pet and bird food. ...
  8. Use fences to protect high-interest areas.
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Does Irish Spring soap keep raccoons away? ›

Many of the same smells that deter deer, such as capsaicin and mint, also repel raccoons. In general, Irish Spring soap can be an effective raccoon repellent. For the most part, you'll never see a raccoon munching in your garden.

What is the best raccoon deterrent? ›

As a general rule, the best raccoon repellents irritate the senses of a raccoon to keep them away. Peppermint essential oil, bright lights, coffee grounds, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, epsom salt, predator urine, ammonia, vinegar, loud noises and fragrant soaps all can repel raccoons.

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