Opossum Poop Identification Guide

While opossums may cause less physical damage to the attic, they leave a lot more behind. And by a lot more, I do mean poop. While many other wildlife animals are known for using a latrine system, where most droppings are located in one sort of clustered area, opossums will leave their droppings wherever they like, whenever they like. While this may make the identification process easier, it definitely does not make the clean-up process easy.

You can identify opossum feces as being rather large with tapered ends rather than rounded, this commonly looks like droppings from a small dog. While most often being brown in color, they are also known to occasionally have a white-ish or yellow-ish color of mold growing around it. It is not often that it is a straight line either, their droppings tend to curl around.

While it may be difficult to identify the dropping itself as being an opossum, as they greatly resemble a raccoons droppings, the most identifying factor you want to look for is the spread of where the feces is. If you can notice that it has been spread throughout the attic with no real rhyme or reason, it is more than likely an opossum. Whereas if it is at least somewhat in one area, it is probably another animal.

Possum excrement
Possum feces found in an attic space after possum removal

It is important to remember that while you are trying to identify the droppings you may have to get up close and personal – which is disgusting, yes. If you are planning to do this, you must wear protective gear, such as gloves and a face mask. While not necessary, you’ll also probably want to take a nice hot shower afterwards too just for your own sanity (when I say they poop everywhere, I mean everywhere).