What does raccoon feces look like? Where is it found?

Identifying animal feces is one of the best methods that can help you in identifying the kind of animal that has invaded your property. It is very important that you find out the animal responsible for any fecal matter left behind. In this way, you will know how to deal with the culprit. Most wild animals are active during the night, and you may therefore have a hard time seeing the animal at all. In such instances, you can identify the animal based on the feces that are left behind on the property.

Raccoon Feces:

• Are fairly large like dog feces
• Average 3/4 inch in diameter
• Have sides that are usually textured
• Have tips that are often rounded or broken off
• Can contain berries


The feces of a raccoon are fairly large. It is more or less like dog feces. On average, the raccoon feces will usually have a diameter of ¾ of an inch. The sides usually come textured. The tips can be round in shape, but just like a dog’s, they can actually be broken off. One of the main ways in which you can positively identify the feces of a raccoon is if they contain some berries within. It is very common to find raccoon feces that have berries because they eat them a lot.

Where is it found?

Raccoons can leave their feces in literally any part of the property. Since they scavenge, you may find fecal matter around the garbage areas if you leave it uncovered. You may also find feces near your pet’s food. Feces are also found in the areas that the raccoons inhabit like the attic, the ceiling, and the crawlspaces. If the raccoons are frequenting your yard, you will definitely find poop there too.

Does raccoon poop cause any health risk or disease concerns?

Yes. If you get into contact with the feces of a raccoon, you may be exposed to the raccoon roundworm. It can affect pets and people as well. This happens when the feces are already infected and it can be passed on in the form of eggs.

Go back to the How to Get Rid of Raccoons page or email us if you have any other questions about What does raccoon feces look like? Where is it found?