Lizard Droppings: What Does Lizard Poop Look Like? (8+ Pictures)

Lizards, geckos, salamanders, and skinks are reptiles that we do not wish to welcome in our vicinity. Also, certainly no one wants to see their poop in the house. That is why I decided to give the answer to the most important question: What does lizard poop look like? Also, I will compare it with mouse feces, rat and snake’s droppings. Besides, I posted detailed guide about how to get rid of lizards.

What Does Lizard Poop Look Like?

Lizard droppings are black with a white tip on them. This tip is the result of the fact that reptiles have the same opening for urine and excrement, so the white tips on feces are simply uric acid crystals. However, lizard poop identification can sometimes be difficult because it is similar to a combination of rat and bird poop. Below in this article, you will find pictures of lizard feces and how to determine them from the others.

Lizard Poop Images

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Lizard Poop vs. Mouse Poop

Mouse poop has a slight bulge in the center of it. If it is fresh, it has a brown color, and if it has been a while, it changes to a lighter color. Also, it is about 3/16 inches in length.

Lizard Poop vs. Rat Poop

The poop of rats is somewhat thick and a bit shorter than mouse poop. On the other hand, the dropping of a roof rat is thicker than that of a mouse, but it is similar in terms of color and shape.

Lizard Poop vs. Snake Poop

The poop of snakes can often be thought to be that of lizards, and that is another misconception that we might experience. Snakes leave their excrement in terms of deposits, while lizards’ has the form of a pellet.

Are Lizard Feces Toxic?

Yes, it can be dangerous because it can contain salmonella. If that somehow enters our mouth, it can be dangerous. Moreover, that is one of the main reason why we need to wash vegetables and fruit carefully. It is not that we may eat it, but we can inhale it since it is already dry.

Comments 22

  1. Charlie Broadhead says:

    Hi can I get some kind of identification on what type of fecies this is likely to be? Currently staying in a nice hotel in Ubud and we’ve found quite chunky droppings on the floor. I’d like to submit some photos and a video to find out what it is. They’re about half a centimeter to 3/4 of a centimeter in length. There is 3 droppings and no more. Dark brown in colour with a slight shell around it (hmmm) almost like a broken coffee bean. We’ve woken up and found them here this morning….weve already had to move rooms due to seeing a rat on one of our dinner plates…

    • Vil Malinoshevskij says:

      Hi Charlie!
      You can upload photo on and I will try to help you to identify it.
      You must be really careful with rats, because they’re famous for carrying different diseases.
      And as I can see from your description these droppings really can be a rat droppings.

    • James Gillis says:

      Hello I am James and I love in Yogyakarta Indonesia. I have some feces in my car port. How can I tell if it is a lizard or a rat, I can send pictures, thanks ,,James

  2. Lola says:

    Hello I just found droppings and I’m concerned it might be mice. I read that lizards have a white end which I did see a small white spot at the end and it had a round end on the opposite side. I found it in three places two of them only had one dropping and the other about three. Does this sound like a lizard or mouse?

    • Vil Malinoshevskij says:

      Hi Lola!
      It seems like you have lizard (or lizards).
      But I recommend you to check for these signs of mouse: urine odors, gnawed holes, rub and gnaw marks, rodent nests.

      If there is any than you need to get rid of mice (you can check my guides about it:

      If none of these signs are present, than it’s 99% a lizard and you don’t have to worry about it. If lizards are bothering you check out my guide about how to get rid of them.

  3. Orson says:

    We are getting ready to buy a house built in 2008. It seems clean. However today I found a line of dark brown scat with a white tip in the garage.

    Also, the other day I noticed some sawdust on the roof over the garage.

    Wondering if you have any thoughts.

    Have photos.


  4. Kaila says:

    Hi, thank you for this info! We just moved into a new rental, and I found a bunch of what looks like lizard poop in the kitchen up above the cabinets. Pest control said was probably lizard or maybe a bat. He said they are old now, so whatever was living up there is most likely gone now. Can I have your help identifying? Id like to add it to my documentation about this rental, as it was not cleaned properly by management before our move in.
    Thank you so much for your time!

    • Vil Malinoshevskij says:

      Dear Kaila,
      Of course, I can help you with identifying lizard feces.
      Email me using this address and attach pictures of what you’ve got in your house.

      Best regards,

  5. Krishna Singh says:

    Vil Malinoshevskij you are such a great photographer and you must get the award too for the photographs of this lizard’s poop!
    I really appreciate that??!!!!

    • Vil Malinoshevskij says:

      Thank you! But these pictures aren’t mine. They are made by different photographers from all over the world. Thanks to them we can see what does lizard poop look like.

  6. Meme says:

    What size lizard am I looking for if the dropping are about an inch long? Out of nowhere, I have droppings all over my garage ? ewwww

    • Nancy F Roberson says:

      Did you receive a response? I have exact same issue. In garage about an inch long with white tip! ,?

    • Why isn’t there a reply this question from meme! All other post received a reply.

      • Sorry, but I have same question as this person regarding size of lizard leaving one inch dropping with white tip.

        • Vil Malinoshevskij says:

          Hello Nancy, it looks like a lizard. I think I answered Meme’s question on email. Sorry about not leaving the comment here as well

  7. Don Heinemann says:

    Hi Vil – do lizards poop in the same area? I have many lizards in my yard, and see their poop here & there. All of a sudden, there is a small area with many droppings. I am in southern CA. Also, do they eat bugs? Cockroaches? Spiders? I hope so – because I don’t mind all the lizards, or their poop, if they are eating bugs. 😉 Thank you!

    • Vil Malinoshevskij says:

      Hello Don, lizards eat flies, spiders, crickets caterpillars and even snails, so you could find them useful 🙂

  8. Suzanne hyle says:

    Hi Vil,
    I have two lizards that I see around my patio couch outside. Every morning when I move the cushion I see a few dozen hard berries from my tree put into a pile. I am pretty sure the droppings are from a lizard? Is this pile of berries from the lizards? Or do I have other problems? looks more like lizard droppings than rat droppings…

  9. Sandi says:

    Hi Vil
    We have recently found small droppings on our 2nd story balcony of a stucco house. We do have small lizards but a neighbor up the road had a roof rat situation. One poop is about a quarter inch and pinched in center. Another looks like it dried up and is a lighter brown. Another is longer and pinched multiple times about 1/8” apart. Some have a white tip and others not. A few are very small. Is there a party going on our stucco balcony of what??

  10. Ant says:

    Hi…I’m having a hard time identifying snake poop from lizard poop in my house! Please advise. I can send pics

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