Skunks can be quite a nuisance if they decide to make their home under your porch, in your shed or in your garden. Not only do their droppings smell horrendous but they can also destroy your yard and leave a variety of other problems behind. Skunks are nocturnal creatures and can often go unnoticed for some time. However, they can leave plenty of clues that you have them in your yard and one way to tell is by examining their droppings. In this article, we will be looking at what skunk poop looks like as well as other indicators of their presence in your garden.
What Does Skunk Poop Look Like?
When you come across skunk feces, it may look similar to the feces of cats or other wildlife. However, the most important clue that skunk droppings are present is the strong odor. Skunks produce a potent odor from special scent glands in their anal sacs when they are scared or threatened. These glands can be triggered by a number of different things including food and the presence of bacteria in their droppings.
Skunk poop is generally tubular in shape and can vary between black or dark brown to gray in color. It can also be mushy or crumbly in texture depending on the diet of the skunk. Skunks are omnivores so their feces will contain remnants of various plants, berries, seeds and insects. Skunks also dig up grass for worms and grubs so their feces might be located near the holes they have dug.