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Spraint is the dung of the otter.[1]

Spraints are typically identified by smell and are known for their distinct odors, the smell of which has been described as ranging from freshly mown hay to putrefied fish.[2] The European otter's spraints are black and slimy, 3-10 cm (1-4 in) long and deposited in groups of up to four in prominent locations near water. They contain scales, shells and bones of water creatures.[3] Because of the decline of otters in Britain, several surveys have been made to record the distribution of the animal, usually by recording the presence of spraint. [4] Further, there is some evidence that spraint density is correlated with otter density.[5]

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