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deer and rabbit droppings

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Bluefrog, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. Bluefrog

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    Some small deer like Roe deer have similar droppings to rabbit, how can you tell the difference?
    Thanks,
    Ste
     
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    The size of the hole? :sad6:
     
  3. Bluefrog

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    hahaha, is it that deer droppings are move oval and rabbit is more spherical
     
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    That's what I go by normally, it's the foot prints that give them away though :)
     
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    Roe deer are indeed more oval, but are also quite greyish in colour compared to rabbits or red deer which are almost rounded, but with a slight taper on one part (think of a profile of Tin-Tin).
     
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    NICE ONE!!!! I had to remind myself who TIN TIN was, way to old school for me
     
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    The Roe deer droppings taste more like chicken :)
     
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    Looks like you need to take a ruler and some hand cleanser out with you!!! :D

    Rabbit droppings: Small Round, slightly squashed pellets (they look like coco pops!) of finely chewed plant material. Dark brown, tan or black depending on food.

    Red Deer:
    20 – 25mm long and 13 – 18mm wide.
    Acorn shaped, often pointed at one end
    and rounded or a hollow at the other.
    Black in colour. Can be deposited in
    groups or as a ‘string’ if the Deer is
    moving. Summer droppings are usually
    clumped together.
    Most are short and spherical in shape, usually pointed at one end. They are usually
    black in colour and shiny when fresh, turning a dark brown/black over time.

    Roe Deer:
    18mm long, 14mm wide.
    Shiny black, cylindrical pellets. Pointed at
    one end. It is normal for Deer to
    defecate whilst walking and droppings
    can be found along Deer tracks.

    Reeve’s Muntjac Deer:
    10 - 13mm x 5 - 11mm. Black, rounded
    or cylindrical. Sometimes pointed at
    one or both ends. Usually scatter when
    hit the ground.

    Fallow Deer:
    15 - 16mm long and 8 - 12mm
    wide. Black, shiny, cylindrical pellets
    One end pointed the other
    indented. Deposited in piles.
     
  9. slowworm

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    I've been wondering about this as well. I have a good memory of rabbit droppings, having kept them fro several years, but I don't know much about deer. So, I've been taking a few photos, one I'll post up.

    Thanks for the details Mick, but with regard to sizes I assume young deer will produce smaller droppings?

    AFAIK we have roe and red deer about as well as rabbits. This picture was taken yesterday, the pellets are quite small about 5-10mm - the oak leaf is a small one. I assume it's a young Roe deer as the droppings are black, shiny and some are pointy - can anyone give a positive id?

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    I was in the woods today trying to work out how you tell the difference between rabbit and muntjac droppings. having read this thread I now realise it's very difficult. Any advice anyone?
     
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    Very helpfiul, thanks.
     
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    And posting up pictures of rump patches is perfectly normal?;)

    Many thanks for posting the link, that's just the sort of thing I'm after.
     
  15. TFan

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    And Rabbit droppings definitely don't. I know..............
     

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