Identification of Lizard Poop | What Does Lizard Poop Look Like
Wall lizards are a great challenge for the homes they choose to live in.
But apart from noticing them in the flesh, there is another way you can confirm their existence in your house.
Its through their poop!
I know it sounds disgusting but trust me, if you spot their droppings in different places within your house, then its safe to assume that they’ve made their way inside!
But wait, how do you even recognize a lizard’s poop? And are their droppings toxic?
Well, that’s what we are here to find out so keep reading.
Identification of Lizard Poop
The identification of lizard poop is no rocket science.
If you pay enough attention to things that you keep spotting around in your house, you have undoubtedly spotted lizard dropping, often lying around in corners.
Lizard droppings vary in size and shape; the ones you find in urban spaces exceed no more in length than a quarter-inch long and one-eighth inch wide.
What Does Lizard Poop Look Like?
They have tapered ends with a white tip.
This is because, in lizards, the solid and liquid waste is eliminated through the same opening.
The white tips are, in actuality, the crystallized form of uric acid.
What is the Difference Between Lizard Poop and Snake Poop?
The droppings of lizards are often in pellet form, whereas a snake poop is not in pellet form.
There is not much difference between snake poop and bird poop; one is often mistaken for the other.
Do not be shocked if you happen to find hair, bones, scales of other animals in snake poop because snakes ingest the whole prey at one time.
Intense energy is required to digest the game.
During this process, the snake very efficiently uses the body’s energy.
The energy usage and the digestion are at their apex after 48 hours when the temperature inside is 86 Fahrenheit.
The enzymes inside the stomach break down all the prey’s parts except for bones, teeth, and other hard parts.
The rest is excreted out as waste.
Lizard poop is tapered towards the end and consists of a white tip which is the crystallized form of urea.
Is Lizard Poop Toxic?
Just like any other animal droppings, lizard poop too is toxic and unsanitary in nature.
Lizard poop consists of a dangerous bacteria called salmonella; the presence of this bacteria makes the feces of lizards harmful to humans.
This bacteria can lead to food poisoning, and in the case of infants, it can be fatal.
Nonetheless, a lizard helps us keep other annoying little insects at bay by posing a threat to their lives and eating those already inside.
So, to protect yourself from any accidental food poisoning, clean the utensils with bleach or a good disinfectant.
How to Get Rid of Lizards?
The best way is to keep the house clean and free from excess creeks and crevices.
Do not let them nest away in corners of unkempt rooms.
Keep clearing clutters of unorganized items and throw away garbages regularly.
Make space and the environment hostile to them by removing their comfort and food.
Lizards love well-lit areas as those are the spots with the highest number of other small insects attracted, plus those areas are warmer.
Switch the extra lights off. Spray insecticides and clear your surroundings of small insects to serve as food for lizards.
Cover small cracks and holes whenever you spot one. Remove stagnant water.
How to Clean Lizard Droppings?
Wear gloves because ‘safety first‘!
Use a sterile piece of cloth to remove the droppings.
Once the droppings are gone from the spot, do not relax because there is still a risk of contamination.
Take a strong chemical disinfectant and pour some on a piece of a different cloth, and wipe away as nicely and thoroughly as possible.
They are found everywhere except Antarctica and most oceanic island chains.
So, yes, I am thinking of packing my bags and moving to Antarctica!
Anyway, if you try and co-exist with a lizard, it can be gratifying in the long-run, for they protect your house and get rid of unwanted insects for you.
But, if you are not a big fan for them like me, then keep an eye out from these silent crawlers.
I hope this article helps you to identify their droppings and eliminate them safely in case they’ve made their way inside your home.