Show me your teeth – Deer or rabbit damage?

deer_eating_leaves_lower_teeth_Mississ. State_UnivBefore pointing an accusing finger at thieves that have ravished your flower or vegetable garden, first ask to see their teeth. Rabbits have a full set of choppers that make a clean, sharp, angled cut on leaves and stems. Deer lack upper incisors and therefore tear at their food, leaving ragged edges. Plus, rabbits usually eat all, or most of the leaves while deer are ‘messy’ eaters, ripping at foliage and leaving some ‘on their plate’. Other incriminating evidence is the calling card that they leave behind – their droppings or better said, scat. Rabbits produce teeny brown, pea-like poo. Deer scat can look pretty similar although it tends to be darker and more oval in shape, and left in little piles. I bet you never thought a lot about this before. Rabbits like to target new, tender growth while deer are much less picky. (deer photo from Mississippi State University. If you look closely you will see he only has front teeth on his lower jaw)
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