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Animal latrines (latrine areas, animal toilets, defecation sites) are places where wildlife animals habitually defecate and urinate. Many kinds of animals are highly specific in this respect and have stereotyped routines, including approach and departure. Many of them have communal, i.e., shared latrines.

Animals with dedicated defecation sites

Animals with communal latrines include raccoons, Eurasian badgers, elephants, deer, antelopes, horses, and dicynodonts (a 240-million-year-old site is the "world's oldest public toilet").

A regularly used toilet area or dunghill, created by many mammals, such as hyraxes or moles, is also called a midden.

Some lizards, such as yakka skinks (Egernia rugosa) and thorny devils use dedicated defecation sites.

European rabbits may deposit their pellets both randomly over the range and at communal latrine sites.




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