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Q: Unkown feces in house for past year ( No Answer,   6 Comments )
Subject: Unkown feces in house for past year
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: bornhauserbrew-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 23 Oct 2006 21:47 PDT
Expires: 22 Nov 2006 20:47 PST
Question ID: 776288
I moved into a 5 year old house about a year ago. We have all doors
closed almost all the time along with the windows. If we open any door
or window, it's during the day just long enough to go in or out. When
I moved in I found about 5 of theses piles/strings of feces and
cleaned them all up. They are hard, thin and brittle when I found
them. A month or two later I found a few more and cleaned them up
thinking I missed them the first time. It's now been over a year and I
keep finding a new pile or two every couple months. I've always found
them along the same wall which connects to the sliding screen door,
has 2 cable outlets, and 2 double panned windows. I recently looked
closely and noticed a very thin, shinny and transparent mucous-like
material around the feces and about the same lenght of the feces
(which you can't see in the picture). I live in the Sacramento area in
California and we did have a small mouse in the garage a few months
after we moved in (which is now dead and had completely different
feces). Neither I or my roomates noticed any noises or any other
signs. We do have an occassional wasp inside which I believe comes in
through the vent in the attic and then down through the living room
vent. I've done my own internet research and can't find anything close
to what I have here. Please respond if you have any idea what this is.
photo link

Request for Question Clarification by tlspiegel-ga on 24 Oct 2006 09:56 PDT
Hi bornhauserbrew,

It's most definitely snake skin that has shed.  Scroll to the bottom
of this page to view a photo.



"The frequency of shedding varies with different species and within
species, according to the size and age of the individual. Young,
rapidly growing snakes shed their skins more frequently than the
slow-growing adults. In some species the skin is shed about every 20
days; in others, only once a year."


If my findings are satisfactory, please let me know and I will post
this information as the official answer to your question.



Clarification of Question by bornhauserbrew-ga on 24 Oct 2006 14:32 PDT
On the photo I posted the width of the material is about 1-2
milimeters in diameter and about 10 cm if it were extended all the
way. It is solid black and holds it's shape when I pick it up. It's
because of these reasons that I think it's feces and not snake skin,
but I can't explain the transparent mucous-like material. What snake
could shed it's skin in such a way (solid black, brittle, and 1-2mm in

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 24 Oct 2006 15:50 PDT
Here's the image bornhouserbrew posted, only lighter:

Request for Question Clarification by tlspiegel-ga on 24 Oct 2006 15:54 PDT
Hi bornhauserbrew,

Thank you for your clarification and more details.  Well... it appears
it isn't a snake skin shed from what you've described.

I hope you find out what it is.  :)


Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 26 Oct 2006 13:19 PDT
Hello bornhauserbrew-ga,

Have you found these "piles/strings" outside your house? I think you
might be dealing with dead earthworms. I've discovered these
occasionally in my living room. I don't know how the earthworms get in
but apparently they quickly died and dry out in squiggly strings that
look like the picture you posted. I've often seen them on sidewalks
after heavy rains followed by quick heat.

What do you think? Thanks.

~ czh ~
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Unkown feces in house for past year
From: vinods-ga on 23 Oct 2006 22:21 PDT
can't see anything in your photo... 

Subject: Re: Unkown feces in house for past year
From: rapp-ga on 24 Oct 2006 01:50 PDT
Due to frequency you find it, every 2 months or so, I would have to
say that it sounds more like a growing snake or reptile shedding its
skin rather than feces. The fact that you find mucous surrounding it
is another giveaway.

I'm not native to your part of the world so I'm not sure what kind of
reptiles you have over in California that inhabit households but
either way I wouldnt panic as its probably harmless.
Subject: Re: Unkown feces in house for past year
From: redhoss-ga on 24 Oct 2006 06:29 PDT
It sounds like some type of slug or snail to me.
Subject: Re: Unkown feces in house for past year
From: rapp-ga on 24 Oct 2006 12:58 PDT
I won.
Subject: Re: Unkown feces in house for past year
From: daniel2d-ga on 25 Oct 2006 01:23 PDT
Take it to a vet or animal agency for analysis.
Plus, put a trap in and get it.
Subject: Re: Unkown feces in house for past year
From: myoarin-ga on 26 Oct 2006 15:15 PDT
Czh-ga's suggestion also occurred to me after looking at the photos a
second time, but I ruled it out after reviewing the explanation in the
question about the doors, but if they are always found in the same
area near the door ... ?

Does the sliding door open onto bare ground or a paved area?

If you check the area first thing in the morning  - and it is a worm -
 you may find one before it dries out.

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