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Naturalist Notebook 

August 5, 2011

Who Pooped?

Use this one
Scat Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall



This scat may be found in Africa, as its maker is native to regions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. It mostly contains remnants of plant materials, but also may have undigested bits of invertebrates. It is not very likely that you will see this scat because the animal that made it is endangered.



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer on Tuesday, August 9th in the comments section.



This month we have a special display on Africa which includes books and specimens, including the one featured above. Don’t worry, it is safely enclosed in a display box. Come visit us in The Naturalist Center on the third floor here at the California Academy of Sciences if you’d like to see it in person.



Source:
Animal Diversity Web, by the University of Michigan, 1995-2008. Retrieved from http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html


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July 29, 2011

Who Pooped?

Use this one
Replica Scat Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall

This scat may include berry seeds, bits of roots and tubers, and even fur, hair and bones. It can vary in color from brown to black. It is generally sweet smelling. You might find it in the northwest of North America, in a high forest or an alpine tundra meadow.

Who pooped?

Leave a comment below with your guess. If no one gets it right, we will reveal the answer in one week.

If you have your own natural history mystery (an unidentified animal, plant or other specimen), send a photo or two to naturalist@calacademy.org. We’ll do our best to help out. Please include location, date and any other details that seem pertinent.

Sources:
Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast, including British Columbia: A Field Guide to the Signs of 70 Wildlife Species / James C. Halfpenny; illustrated by Todd Telander. Helena, Mont.: Falcon, c1999. Naturalist Center Reference QL768 .H36 1999
The Encyclopedia of Mammals / edited by David Macdonald. New York: Facts on File, c1984. Naturalist Center Reference QL703 .E53 1984


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