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It shows up on my back porch, which is covered with 12' ceilings. They are about 1" long and 5/16" in diameter. Toads? Bats? Any ideas?
 

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Pictures would help----Need poop pics!
 

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It shows up on my back porch, which is covered with 12' ceilings. They are about 1" long and 5/16" in diameter. Toads? Bats? Any ideas?
I thought I had attached it....here it is....trying to do this from my phone, so I'm over my head
 

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I have an iron fence in the backyard, so only a small/juvenile animal can get in.
 

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Don't you think it's small for a racoon?
Well you can look at the contents of the poop and try to spot any poorly digested seeds and peelings of seasonal fruits which are usually present. Insects, such as grasshoppers and crickets would be apparent if you have them in your area.
You can also look around your property for other evidence that raccoons are hanging around to help verify that what you have found is actually raccoon poop. Look for overturned trashcans and other mischievous activities that indicate the presence of raccoons as those buggers can and will do a lot of damage.
 

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Poop identifying is not my thing but there are a couple things you can do to find your answer. You can get in there and inspect the contents, or you can set up a temporary motion activated camera.
 

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I can't bring myself to perform a poop necropsy.

No overturned trash cans in the neighborhood. Everyone keeps their trash in their garage until trash day.
 

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I can't bring myself to perform a poop necropsy.

No overturned trash cans in the neighborhood. Everyone keeps their trash in their garage until trash day.
Well you already have (a.k.a) raccoon poop on your property. Some other things to look for are:

1) Any loud thumping noises heard in the attic at dusk and at dawn.
2) A chattering sound, similar to birds chirping is heard in the chimney (baby raccoons may be present).
3) Your Lawns dug up as raccoons search for insect larvae and grubs to eat.
4) Raccoons are usually active after dark so if you have a motion sensor light you will notice it going on and off during the night.
 

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The suggestions about analyzing the fecal pellet are on the money. Valuable info will be gleaned by looking for seeds, hair, fur, bones, fiber, etc. It is not large enough for raccoon. Are you finding them one at a time as pictured? As opposed to a small pile or trail? It is mindful of an "owl pellet", but I can't imagine an owl roosting on a porch. Maybe another raptor. Are there rafters overtop of the droppings to serve as a perch? Keep looking at different times of night. The sensor/camera idea is very good.

Bat droppings are very uneven and shiny; not smooth and rounded, but there is usually more. The size you describe is too large for bats though.
 

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Yes, they are lone turds. I have two ceiling fans, but I find turds in random places. There are often one or two toads on my porch at night. When I let my dog out I turn on the outside lights and the toads come to cash in on the bugs.
 

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And here is how the fans are situated. A predator bird doesn't get a very good view from these fans (although regular birds like to stoop there at night from time to time)
 

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We love your porch Gus, I mean Wireless.

I'm not thinking birds now. I wonder if it is the toads maybe. Don't know much about reptiles, amphibians, etc.
 

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I still can't bring myself to perform a turd necropsy. Theres no noises or chattering to suggest raccoons. No digging, no signs of a ground creature other than the toads. I googles toad poop the other night and it seems to match the size and shape.

As for the porch ceiling - thanks. I like it too. As with most things on this house what sounded good as an idea proved to cost more than I expected. On top of that it buckled and I had to rip it apart and redo it. The brick columns started to crack because the mortar slopped in tight against the PT posts and humidity made the posts expand. Paid a mason to tear those down along with the arches and redo them *sigh*
 
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