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RAT DROPPINGS OR HEDGEHOG DROPPINGS ?

IMPORTANT. Please identify these droppings.

Placed on a half-brick to give an idea of size.

Droppings are smaller than those of a cat or dog.

Thanks for your time in answering my question.

Please Google RAT DROPPINGS PHOTO and
HEDGEHOG DROPPINGS PHOTO
to help you decide.. Thanks.



P1030343_droppings._11th_june._2010.

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No idea Terra - don't think I've ever seen hedgehog droppings.

12 Jun, 2010

 

Thanks for replying Moon grower....
on the internet you can Google various pics of droppings...
... but I'm still not certain...
and, for a particular reason, it is very important I find out.... :o(

12 Jun, 2010

 

They look like hedgehog droppings to me Terra. They are the right size and consistency. They have been talking 'poo' on Springwatch, mainly bird. At one time they were breeding somewhere in our 40 by 50 foot garden and 1/2 grown babies used to run round guests feet at our summer parties. GJ was not a fan of their droppings!!! I used to try and clear up before he got too fussed over it. Incidentally the droppings glisten slightly, hopefully snail shells and vine weevil. I used to sit and listen at dusk. Rustles in the shrubbery and then crunch, crunch, crunch.....another snail less. I think there should be a campaign for the concrete boards at the base of fences to have the odd arch placed along a fence run in urban areas. alas no ones listening.

12 Jun, 2010

 

Hi Dorjac.
Thanks for your thoughts... that's why I thought rats rather than hedgehogs because no easy ways for hedgehogs to get into my garden... ?

12 Jun, 2010

 

I have had hedgehog droppings on my patio, and it really, really pongs.

12 Jun, 2010

 

That's interesting Jonathan...
I've just been out and sniffed those in the photo... Lol. :o)

and not really any smell..... compared with an intruder cat's droppings I cleared up the other day which smelt very strong indeed...

12 Jun, 2010

 

Rat dropping look like mouse droppings just very slightly larger. Black and shiny

12 Jun, 2010

 

hedgehog dropping are black, about 1 1/2 inches long thicker than a pencil but thinner than your pinkie
they can squash themselves quite flat to get under fences etc

12 Jun, 2010

 

Thanks for the further information..

12 Jun, 2010

 

They stopped getting into our garden when the fences on both sides of nextdoor were redone with concrete bottom panels ,flush or below the earth. before that one, side had no fence and thick undergrowth on a derserted property, and our side had space under all the way along. Since then they have not been seen dead in the street, and very few on the road round our way.

12 Jun, 2010

 

hedgehog for definite. rats are all pretty uniform in size and a more tapered drier pellet. They are usually about 1/2" long too. [Used to look after lab rats in my youth!]

12 Jun, 2010

 

Looks like hedgepig poo to me too.
Hedgepigs are excellent climbers.

13 Jun, 2010

 

Thanks everyone for your input... very much appreciated :o)

13 Jun, 2010

 

Quite a hobby you've got there, Terratoonie, hedgepig poo sniffin'. ;-))

13 Jun, 2010

 

Hi Stjohntongue ...
I'm also available for ratpoo sniffin and catpoo sniffin ...
... on receipt of an exorbitant fee. ;o)

13 Jun, 2010

 

:-o)

13 Jun, 2010

 

Have you tried asking your vet ? - he'd know

14 Jun, 2010

 

I would say they are rat droopings, those nasty things got into my aviary last year and killed a lot of my baby birds, they also brought food scraps into my shed too, my shed had lots of there droppings in there, sorry to be the barer of bad news to you 8~((

9 Sep, 2010

 

To me they look like hedgehog droppings, we have got a lot of them in the garden and the hedgehogs to go with them...as far as I know we havenĀ“t got any rats, and asking the people in surrounding gardens they say we have no rats on the estate.

17 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks everyone for your input on this... :o)

17 Sep, 2010

 

This is a question not an answer but thought as on same subject might get an answer. I hav a hedgehog that visits but think I may hav a rat too :-/ can hedgehogs burrow under a gravel board? If I do hav a rat, how do I get rid of rat without harming hedgehog?

17 Oct, 2011

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