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Naturalist Notebook 

August 26, 2011

Who Pooped?

Scat Photo: CAS 2011

The dropping of this animal comes out together in three separate parts: a whitish-gray part, a dark brown part, and a ball of indigestible matter such as hair, feathers or fur. You can see the animal that made this scat here at the Academy of Sciences.

Who pooped?

Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Tuesday, August 30th

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.

Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 8:54 am


  1. Some kind of scavenger. I think it is a turkey vulture.

    Comment by Brenda — August 26, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

  2. Wow slow week! (Thanks for the comment though Mom)
    This is in fact the scat of Python reticulatus, the reticulated python, and more precisely a 15 foot albino reticulated python named Lemondrop who’s living right between our rain forest and our cafe. Did you know reticulated pythons are some of the longest snakes in the world?
    We’ve got all kinds of snakes (and lizards too) at the Academy right now, but not for very much longer…
    This coming Labor Day weekend is your last chance to see our Snakes & Lizards exhibit.

    Comment by nature — August 30, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

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