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Old 05-05-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Just wondering if someone could identify what kind of animal this used to be. I found it yesterday in Northern NJ. Thanks
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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Just wondering if someone could identify what kind of animal this used to be. I found it yesterday in Northern NJ. Thanks
It looks like a weasel or ferret skeleton to me. Google ferret skeleton and that is what it looks like.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: S.W.PA
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Guessing raccoon.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:37 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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The skeleton has a narrow rib cage and long spine.

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The teeth are too large for a ferret thou.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:04 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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It does look like a member of the mustelid family - perhaps a marten, mink or badger. What was it's overall length, approximately? That might narrow it down.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:37 AM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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It does look like a member of the mustelid family - perhaps a marten, mink or badger. What was it's overall length, approximately? That might narrow it down.
That is the information I need too, how long is the skeleton and the length of the skull?
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Just wondering if someone could identify what kind of animal this used to be. I found it yesterday in Northern NJ. Thanks
I checked out the NNJ mammals on the F&W website and in light of the size of the incisors and molars, would say it is an omnivore. Looking at the size in respect to the flora around it, I would think it would be too big for a ferret or mink, but after looking at the Google images search results, it could be a racoon:
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:26 AM
 
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Could be a possum
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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It is not a raccoon....pay special attention to the teeth. Very long tooth followed by a short, then longer, then longer tooth.
Skull is more compact than many others listed as well. It's a carnivore. I see no leg bones. We need more information.
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