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Coprophages, Animals That Eat Poop

What animals eat feces. What is coprophagia? Is it normal for dogs to eat feces? Why do dogs eat their own poop? What are some animals that eat poop? Why do rabbits eat their own stools? Learn more about some of the animals that eat feces and why they do it. An interesting look at nature and some weird eating habits.

Coprophagia is a condition often associated with dogs eating their own, and that of other dogs, feces. While most humans find this disgusting, it is perfectly natural for dogs, and other animals. Let us examine the weird eating habits of some animals and find out why they eat poop.  You might be surprised by some of them.

Dogs

Dogs are most often associated with coprophagia. Dogs sometimes eat their own feces, other dog's feces, and have been known to eat cat feces right out of the litter box.

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In the den the mother dog normally eats the feces of her pups. In the wild a dog will eat any feces that still smell meaty, and sometime dog poop simply smells good. Cat food usually has more meat in it than dog food so is equally attractive to a dog. Some dogs who are bored learn the habit. It is rarely the result of a poor quality food, in fact better quality food usually produces better tasting poop.

Pigs

In the past pigs were used in toilets. The toilet was build raised and the pig lived below eating human waste and kitchen garbage. Pigs will eat the waste of other animals when it contains bits of undigested food.

Rabbits

In addition to their regular stools, rabbits produce a special kind of feces, called cecotropes which are softer than their normal stool. They eat these directly from their own rump. This helps the rabbit get vitamins and further nutrition.

Some Baby Animals

Young pandas, koalas, elephants, and hippos, eat feces of other animals of their own kind. They do this to add bacteria to their digestive tract as the bacteria are required or digestion of food within their stomachs.

Primates

Many primates have been observed eating the feces of their own kind and other animals. This may provide some nutrition, vitamins, salt, as well as gut bacteria. Even some humans have eating feces for “health” purposes, while others consider it a sexual fetish.

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle is well know for being a connoisseur of feces. Some dung beetles roll poop into balls to provide food for their young. Others burrow into feces and eat that way, making tunnels as they go or simply live in manure in general.

Flies

Flies are also well known for eating poop. Indeed much waste contains a lot of undigested, or partially, digested food that the flies are making use of.

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Comments (5)
Ranked #17 in Wildlife & Nature

Brenda ewwwwww! LOl Jaz

I agree with Jaz. I've had dogs that eat it fresh out of the horses rear when they would "go" and then I've had pigs that drank urine right out of others as they were "going" also. I also had a dog that would eat her own if she went in the house but then she'd vomit later.

Apparently you can stop your dog eating poop by adding some pineapple to its dog food. This has the effect of making the poop taste really bad. Fortunately for me my dog doesn't eat his or anyone else poop so I haven't had the chance to try this out.

Nice job on this article.

Now I know what is that.......condition.

Very important information even though it makes me feel yucky lol

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