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found this in my front yard.. any idea what animal it is from?

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

My first impression of the first and last photos is that it looks like a cat skull, but the other photos I don't recognise. Pity there is no mandible, as teeth hold a lot of clues. Cool spotting, Sissy :)

Sissy 3 years ago

Yes Jellis, it sure looks as though it has been sunbaked for a very long time. Thank you !

Jellis 3 years ago

Still strange you look up skulls you will see prominent eye sockets. This looks sunbaked and worn from age. If I were you I would post this on the site I suggested. The missing bone might have showed part of the eye sockets

Sissy 3 years ago

Brian38 it does look similar. But what I don't understand is, I am in the middle of the desert. So I find it a bit odd that it would just be laying in my front yard.
( i only just moved here 5 months ago, and honestly, I did see it lying under the bushes, but I never went to see what it was until the day I made this post.)

Sissy 3 years ago

Jellis I have posted a couple other views of the skull. you will see that no sockets remain.

Brian38 3 years ago

A very intriguing skull. I'm leaning toward the North American river otter. Look at Wikipedia's skull images (especially the bottom one).

Sissy2 3 years ago

I’ll look at it again in the morning. Thanks.

Jellis 3 years ago

No eye sockets then it can't be a skull. Try this facebook page.

Sissy 3 years ago

Jellis there are no eye sockets

Sissy 3 years ago

Ava, I don't think that possums have those horn-like protrusions.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 3 years ago

Maybe a possum?

Jellis 3 years ago

do you have an angle of the eye sockets?

Sissy 3 years ago

A friend suggested that too but, I live in Lancaster CA. I'm pretty sure that we don't have wild boar here.

maplemoth662 3 years ago

A wild boar?

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Lancaster, California, USA

Spotted on May 3, 2018
Submitted on May 3, 2018

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