Hello there. This skull was discovered in an owl pellet, and I was hoping for a possible identification on it. We had diagrams we were using to help guests determine what their owl had consumed, but this wasn't on the diagram, and although we'd been dissecting pellets for several nights in a row, none of us had come across anything like this before. We also weren't knowledgeable enough to say for certain what this might have been. I don't know if the pellets were purchased locally, but if it helps with identification, we're in Texas. There's no rush on this whatsoever. I'm just wanting to satisfy my own curiosity. Thank you very much for your assistance.

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very difficult to say other than its a small rodent, possibly very young. I would guess that the latter has allowed the deformation of the skull which is why it looks so long and elongated.

I think this is actually a weasel skull - small mustelind do have this very long back part of the skull and it fits with the carnivorous teeth in the jaws that are quite unlike those of rodents. They are well within the prey size range of a decent sized owl but it's quite a catch!

Geoff then posted, saying the same thing Dave. see
http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers … 409#p31409