Skull Identification

dieNqvrs

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Not a badger, wrong overall shape- they are triangular when viewed overhead, this doesn’t have the same, also badger not big enough zygo arch and sag crest is not elongated or tall enough.

Otters have a smashed nose/mouth on same plane and brain case drastically different.

I agree and would put $ on an opossum. It has the right shape and sagital crest and zygo arches of a good sized male. You can see one tooth in a side pic that looks sharp pointed like an Op.

All bone/shake characteristics are clues but the Teeth are the true decisive factor.
 
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JMDavies

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Thanks for all of the insight! We do have a ton of opossum around here. Another picture for reference. 20200331_140448.jpg
 

william schmaltz

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Being able to rule out everything from ND, it’s something I’ve never dealt with. Which doesn’t leave much, but possum falls in the category.

Here is a Fisher for your reference. As stated, notice the very pronounced sagittal crest. 54E1AF17-3924-46D6-A5F7-75D2834971A7.jpegACD1F47A-E228-4B73-AB7F-FCE997703A84.jpeg
 

30338

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I've enjoyed the pics and discussion guys. Found a fox skull earlier this year and it was in quite good condition for being cleaned in the wild.
 

zbb

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I don't think a badger was a crazy idea.
I didn’t either until I saw picture from the top that shows how small where the brain would be. It just looks way to skinny. I’m kind of a meat head so I’m not gonna give whatever scientific name that has. Here’s a pic of the badger I have at almost the same angle.756AF53F-A630-4E6F-B642-CE3342852C82.jpeg
 

Mike Islander

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You're right sir, not sure what the skull I was looking at is but it was clearly mislabeled. Looks like the amount of incisor slots would be the giveaway but my money is definitely on opossum now as well!
Yeah, if not for the damage, more than 3 incisors per side would narrow it to a possibility of one native animal.
 
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