Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Who's Pooping on the Porch?

We've been finding little turds like this on our porch for the past few weeks.  They are about an inch or so long, and they appear to be made up almost entirely of bug carcasses.



These are being left behind by an animal who must visit our porch quite regularly.  What poops like this and has a diet rich in bugs?  Internet search suggested that it may be skunk.  In an attempt to catch the critter in the act, I trained my game camera on the porch and steps and waited.  Each morning, we had more poop on the porch and no photos on the camera.



Poop by my shoe?



Debris and bug parts IN my shoe?



Here's the little pooper!



And here he is with his roommate.



We have known for a while now that these toads had set up housekeeping in my shoe.  It became a running joke, checking my shoe from time to time to see if the toads were still living in there.  It never dawned on us till the other day that they might be the critters who have been leaving all the poop on the porch, too.

Mystery solved.  This has been your nature lesson for the day.  You may now resume your normal routine, secure in the knowledge that you, too, can ID toad poop if the need arises.

15 comments:

  1. I get it, running joke. This was a funny article.

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  2. Too funny! I never would have guessed that was toad poop! LOL! Hugs! deb

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  3. What a cute little fella. We have foreign poop around here from time to time. I'm never sure who left it but I usually suspect a skunk. Now I know it could be a toad. Did you see "O Brother Where Art Thou" One of my all time favorite lines is "We thought you was a toad." LOL

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  4. LOL!!! That's funny! I have Toad Abode's through out my garden. These guys must have set up housekeeping near the light at night to hunt! Smart Toads!

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  5. It's the invasion of the toads and their ahem...gifts! We have had it all over our back patio and front porch, it is driving me nuts, and we've never had it before this year!!!

    xo Kat

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  6. You have a good sense of humor! Great post!

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  7. OK that makes sense, but Toads in your shoes just cracks me up!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  8. Toads!!! I thought it was rat poop! We have TOADS on the back patio.. that makes sense!

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  9. So much cuter than a skunk. When I was a kid we would catch and play w/toads for hours.

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  10. Wow! I had NO idea froggies could poop that big! A lesson in nature is right.
    I read your comment on Di's blog about minimalist headers etc. I have to say, I agree with you.
    Your blog is clean, neat and so easy to read. Yep. My kind of blog! Plus I learned something here! :)
    Mona

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  11. Love this! I would never have suspected toads. ๐Ÿ˜„

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  12. I thought 'frog/toad' right off as I have the same kind of poop in my screened room off the back of cottage. At least we know they are doing their job, eating bugs. :-)

    Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

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  13. Wow. They must be some BIG toads, Connie! lol Those "gifts" are huge!

    xoxo laurie

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  14. We have had that same poop on our concrete slab at the basement door. Now I know who to blame. Does this mean we need to start setting a show outside the door for them? Or perhaps a toad house?
    http://www.designswan.com/archives/10-beautiful-toad-houses-to-spice-up-your-garden.html

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