Wildlife Damage Inspection Process
This decision tree asks you various questions to help you identify the animal(s) causing damage to your property. While the creators have tried to be thorough, they make no claims in that regard. We request that readers see this page as only a guide with principles and insights that may help in identifying the cause of wildlife damage to property. This guide doesn’t take into account damage caused by machines, people, or insects.
Where is the problem occurring?
What signs of wildlife are present?
Inspecting Specific Wildlife Signs
Inspection Techniques & Strategies
- Paper plug test – Use this test so you don’t trap animals inside a hole, or your house.
- How to Observe – Clues help identify the animal causing the problems.
– A free course that guides you through the inspection process.
- Thermal Imaging – Population Studies–Tennessee State Wildlife Dept.
Freshwater Fish Guide – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission 25 mb
Identifying reptiles can be quite difficult as coloration can vary greatly, even between snakes of the same species. Here are some questions to keep in mind when you see an unfamiliar snake:
- Was the snake solid or plain colored?
- Did the snake have stripes?
- Did the snake have crossbands or blotched coloration?
- What was the habitat or environment where you saw the snake? Rocky? Wetlands? Woods? Attic? What town and state?
A Guide to Amphibians, Turtles, and Reptiles – University of Nebraska
Snakes of Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts Extension