I?m betting that the droppings you are finding belong to a raccoon,
a possum, or a skunk. Snake droppings don?t quite match the
description, and rat droppings seem too small.
After you look at the pictures I posted, in the latter part of this
answer, feel free to post a clarification letting me know if I?m right
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?Predators of American Toads include snakes, owls, skunks and raccoons.?
?In the wild, a raccoon is omnivorous, eating plants and animals.
Its menu includes plants like berries, acorns, and grapes. It also
eats animals including baby mice, baby birds & eggs, frogs, crayfish,
fiddler crabs, fish, and even some snakes. Around people, the raccoon
loves to eat the corn in our gardens, garbage, and even animals that
have been killed by cars.?
Snakes in Indiana
?Most of Indiana?s snakes are not poisonous. In fact, there are
only four venomous snakes in the state, and their distributions are
limited (check the maps in the back of this booklet). All of the
venomous snakes in Indiana belong to the pit viper family. Members of
this family share common physical characteristics that separate them
from nonvenomous species. Pit vipers have a sensory pit located
between the eye and the nostril on each side of their head. These pits
detect heat, thereby helping the snake locate warm-blooded prey, even
in the dark. Other snakes lack these sensory pits. Thus, if it looks
like your snake has four nostrils, it?s a pit viper. Of course,
checking for pits requires getting a good look at the ?business? end
of the snake ? to be safe, don?t get closer than the length of the
snake. This brings up a general point: no one should ever attempt to
handle a snake that is or may be venomous unless they have undergone
extensive training by a professional. Even snake researchers avoid
handling their venomous subjects whenever possible.?
?Because there are so few poisonous snakes in Indiana, we can impose
some simple rules to help you to identify them. These rules will not
work outside of this state or with exotic species. Indiana?s poisonous
snakes are all very heavy-bodied ? they look ?fat.? They also have
broad, spade-shaped heads that are distinctly wider than their narrow
?Signs of snake predation include: Usually all (possibly some) eggs
(egg numbers go down and up over time) or nestlings (especially
unfeathered, and those near fledging) suddenly gone, nest intact,
female missing, or parents still around, snake found in box. No traces
of eggs shells or nestling remains. MAY find snake feces (little round
or egg-shaped balls with tightly compressed hair or feathers, usually
smaller than a bluebird egg.)?
?Garter snakes feeding on mice don?t need to be fed as often (the
average garter would need twice-weekly feedings of fish or worms,
while once weekly with mice is fine) and they grow faster, too. And
another significant advantage: garter snake feces are less watery and
Feces from a pit viper in Latin America
Scroll down the page to the photos:
?Raccoon scat is tubular and blunt on the ends. Scat may contain
parasites that can get into human lungs, so handling it is not
advisable.? Scroll down for additional photos, with a nickel for size
Hedgehog and Fox droppings
I hope this answer has helped you identify the animal droppings you
have found. If not, please ask for an Answer Clarification, and allow
me to respond, before you rate this answer!
Oh, since raccoons are nocturnal, perhaps you?d consider bringing your
dog in for the night! Maybe a video camera, or a webcam by the door at
night will capture a photo of the poop-varmint!
recognizing reptile feces
wild animal feces