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DESCRIPTIONMammalian Scats. Identification via Excrement!!!!. Optional Terminology. Feces Excrement Pellets Droppings Poop The list could go on and on…. An Important Mammalian ID Tool. Mammals versus Birds…. Mammals separate waste into solid and liquid Birds and some reptiles void 1 substance. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Mammalian ScatsIdentification via Excrement!!!!
Optional TerminologyFecesExcrementPelletsDroppingsPoopThe list could go on and on.
An Important Mammalian ID Tool Mammals versus Birds.Mammals separate waste into solid and liquidBirds and some reptiles void 1 substance
Full of Useful InformationIt can be smelly, gross, disease riddenBUT!Is filled with great ID information:1. Diet:Hairs, feathers, bones, insect limbs and shells, fruit skins, seeds2. Population size/location of the species3. DNA Information4. Health of the animal: parasites
Non-invasive Method of Data Collection:
Black Rhino: Critically Endangered
How do Scientists Utilize Scat?Conservation Biology Research
Plant Focused Research
University of Washington Elephant Research
LimitationsTremendous variety due to:Seasonal food availabilityAge and health of animalOther stresses on the animal
General CharacteristicsTwists:Weasels-extremely twisted and narrow
Canine family-sometimes twisted
Animals without TwistsCats (feline)BearsRaccoons
Segmented???Cats usually have segmented scatsCanine and Weasels tend to be 1 cordBobcatWolf
Blunt versus Tapered????Canines tend to have 1 or more tapered endsWeaselslong and thin tapered endsBlunt endscats, raccoons, bears
Given those Characteristics..GREAT VARIABILITY
NAME THAT SCAT!
NAME THAT SCAT!DEER
NAME THAT SCAT!RABBIT
Deer vs. Rabbit
NAME THAT SCAT!COYOTE
NAME THAT SCAT!BOBCAT
NAME THAT SCAT!MOUSE
REMEMBER.As tempting as is may be.If you find scat, never pick it up! Animals carry diseases that might be passed through their feces.
FYI---BE PREPARED!!!Fri Dec 11th: High 55 Low 31 Partly CloudyChance of rain:0% Wind: SE at 11 mph
Friday.we will go outside and attempt to track and locate scat for mammals on campus!!!Bring coats, hats, gloves, appropriate shoes etc..