What Animal Is It?

Do you think you might have an animal living in or around your home or yard, but you’re not sure quite what animal it is? You’ve come to the right place! Check out these common signs, as well as the drawings, tracks, scat, and descriptions in our Animal Finder to help determine the identity of your wild neighbors. If you don’t find your answer here, visit our Intruder Excluder.

Common Signs

  • If you have noticed digging under your deck or porch, small patches of torn up grass, and a distinct odor, it’s most likely a skunk. Skunks burrow under structures and often feed on grubs and insects under the lawn or in the garden.
  • If there are noises in your attic, it’s probably squirrels or raccoons nesting. Raccoons will come out at night; squirrels most often during the day. Young raccoons often sound like puppies and can be very vocal. Check the size of the opening they are entering to help to determine which animal it may be. Raccoons are quite a bit larger than squirrels!
  • If you have long underground burrows in your grass and your garden, and have noticed flowers are eaten, chances are a woodchuck, also known as a groundhog or whistle-pig has made your lawn his home. Smaller burrows and disappearing flower bulbs may indicate chipmunks or moles.
  • If your ornamental shrubbery is torn and the twigs have a ragged edge, chances are deer have been browsing on them. Browsing by deer is usually an obvious three to five feet from the ground, and small, pellet-like scat can often be found close by, too. Plants browsed by rabbits and smaller animals often have neatly clipped edges.

Animal Finder

Bat

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Roots in trees and caves; enters buildings through narrow roofs, chimneys, or attic openings; active at twilight.

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Beaver

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Creates ponds by building dams; interrupts water-flow causing flooding and damage to trees.

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Black Bear

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Frequents swampy forests; raids bird feeders, compost piles, grills, trash, and any type of food source.

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what_cdngeese_tmbCanada Goose

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Requires large amounts of water and vegetation; flocks deposit abundant feces on lawns, walkways, open fields, and in ponds.

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what_chipmunks_tmbChipmunk

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Burrows around rocks and woodpiles; may damage plants and spring-flowering bulbs.

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Coyote

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Adapts to any area with food and water; may prey on pets, livestock, poultry, and crops.

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Crow

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Thrives in all habitats; feasts or grains, fruits and vegetables; communal roosts create accumulations of droppings.

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Deer

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Lives in wetlands and forests; may damage gardens, agriculture, and woodlands; travels onto and crosses roadways; deer ticks are the most common vectors of Lyme disease.

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Forest-dweller; preys on porcupines and squirrels, and occasionally small pets; rarely seen.

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Sometimes den under decks,sheds, or buildings when bearing young; rarely seen otherwise; may prey on small pets and livestock.

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Mouse

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Often nests in insulation; may invade kitchen drawers and cabinets; can chew through paper, plastic bags, wood, and wiring.

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what_moose_tmbMoose

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Travels onto and crosses roadways.

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Muskrat

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Found in wetlands; tunnels and burrows in and around dikes, dams, and retaining walls.

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Opossum

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Lives in wooded areas near water; rarely what_opp_tmbhave conflicts with humans, but will occasionally raid garbage.

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what_pigeon_tmbPigeon

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Dependent upon humans for food and nesting sources; accumulation of feces can damage structures and cause diseases.

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Porcupine

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Causes damage to trees (they like to eat the inner bark) and yards; when provoked will release sharp quills that may get lodged into human or pet skin; may gnaw at tools and other items, particularly those that have salt residue.

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what_rabbit_tmbRabbit

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Habitats in forests, wetlands, and urban areas; may chew and dig through flower or vegetable gardens.

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what_racoon_tmbRaccoon

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Resides in forests, marshes, mountains, and urban areas; may den in attics, chimneys, or crawl spaces; may raid trash.

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Rat

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Adapts to any areas habituated by humans; eats human food; capable of spreading diseases; gnaws through many materials, including electrical wiring, pipes, baseboards, and door frames; can enter structures through holes the size of a quarter.

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Skunk

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Often dig holes in lawns looking for grubs; den under decks, porches, shed, and hollow trees (within two miles of a water source); very poor eyesight; can spray up to ten feet at a potential predator.

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Snake

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Found in water, forests, among rocks, tall grasses, and porch cracks; larger snakes may attack small pets and chickens.

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Squirrel

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what_squirrel_tmbLives everywhere from woodlands to urban areas; often takes shelter in attics and chews on wiring; enjoys nibbling on
bird feeders, trees, and flower bulbs.

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what_wildturket_tmbWild Turkey

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Roosts in trees; can be aggressive towards humans and animals, especially during mating season.

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Woodchuck

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Burros and tunnels through high vegetation; causes damage to garden or field crops in a very short period of time.

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Woodpecker

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Lives in wooded areas; can drill through house siding, concrete, and trees; pecking may be noisy.

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