How to Track Animal Droppings

Updated November 21, 2016

Tracking animals by their droppings requires keen observation and attention to detail. Following these simple steps should help you to track an animal by its droppings.

Research the type of animals that live in your area to narrow your tracking to particular kinds of droppings.

Estimate the size of the animal droppings for both length and width.

Identify the form of the animal droppings. Determine if the droppings are tubular, round, flattened on the ends, pellet shaped or if they resemble a rope.

Note the time of day the animal droppings were located and whether the droppings were found only once or on multiple occasions.

Refer to the first website listed in the resources section below for images that can help you determine the animal that most likely left the animal droppings you have tracked.

If the animal droppings are white, refer to the second website listed in the resources section below. These droppings were most likely left by a bird, a reptile or an amphibian.


Animal droppings can be dangerous because they can contain germs and diseases, so avoid touching them. Be cautious if you are dealing with fresh animal droppings, as the animal may still be in your vicinity.

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Carol Strider is a writer and a post-secondary educator in law and criminal justice, teaching in person and online since 2002. Prior to teaching, Strider was a lawyer at a community law office. Strider holds a Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Arts, a diploma in adult education and a diploma in animal sciences.