What kind of an animal did this skull come from?

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  1. TheHoleStory profile image78
    TheHoleStoryposted 3 years ago

    What kind of an animal did this skull come from?

    We recently found this little skull laying on the ground. It's size is comparable to the keys sitting next to it, and we would like to know what type of an animal it came from.


  2. Buildreps profile image87
    Buildrepsposted 3 years ago

    I cannot see its teeth clearly enough, but it could be a small dog.

  3. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    I have no idea but I'll take a guess. Do you live near farms? It looks like a baby calf. (a cow)

  4. possum lover profile image53
    possum loverposted 3 years ago

    I figure it may very well be a possum skull.

  5. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 3 years ago

    Could it be a rat, squirrel or other rodent, depending on your location. The teeth don't look like a dog.

  6. tsmog profile image80
    tsmogposted 3 years ago


    More Clues . . . More Clues! A quick peek says W.Va. (By the way I lived in Guyandotte and Huntington '66 - '69). A fun search seeking an answer. Too big for a mouse or rat. Too small for a cat (Round skull) or dog (elongated, different eyes, and canine teeth). That leaves the between varmints - opossum, racoon, and skunk.

    Clues would be the canine teeth, the eyes, the nose, and the shape of skull. For opossum the canine teeth would be very near the front so maybe. But, the shape of the skull is rounded. This character has a somewhat ridge in the skull center so a no go.

    What of the racoon? Quite possibly. A clue we cannot see easily is the canine teeth for those critters is quite large. So large that there is an oblong rise at that point extending further into the jaw. I don't see that. Therefore I rule this out.

    The skunk? It does have an oblong skull. It's eyes are about right with placement, size, and shape. The nose for sure offers a clue. The canine teeth would be near where they are missing. The front teeth make sense too. Mostly likely a stripped skunk because the spotted skull is a little more oblong with less height.

    1. possum lover profile image53
      possum loverposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Tim, I like the idea of your suggestion of this little skull coming from a possum.

  7. Shorebirdie profile image79
    Shorebirdieposted 3 years ago

    It could be a young possum, but I can't really determine if it is from this small photo.

  8. Sgt Prepper profile image61
    Sgt Prepperposted 3 years ago

    A game warden in Wisconsin told me over ten-percent of coyotes are "coy-dogs(half-dog)" and over ten-percent of the snowballing wolf population is part-dog.  He said the wild-dog population is out of control and MANY of them are pit-bulls.  So I am guessing a pup of some of the canine mixture.

    1. Sgt Prepper profile image61
      Sgt Prepperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It is from a wolverine.

  9. indra hidayat profile image61
    indra hidayatposted 3 years ago

    it seems like a cow, perhaps a buffalo.
    i cannot see very clearly.

    1. Buildreps profile image87
      Buildrepsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I thought that first too, but then I saw the keys TheHoleStory put just next to it smile

  10. DaveOnline profile image84
    DaveOnlineposted 3 years ago

    It looks like it could be the skull of a sheep.


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