Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Owl Pellets

First of all, we want to thank each and every one of our visitors for your continued support of When we originally created this site, we didn't know just how popular it would become over the years. Now, we receive hundreds of visitors each and every week who inquire about owl pellets. To help educate our guests, we've compiled a list of questions which are frequently asked regarding owl pellets and the dissection process.

Are owl pellets sterile?

When the pellets are first regurgitated by the owl, they are not sterile and may contain harmful parasites or bacteria. To prevent these dangerous germs from passing to individuals who wish to dissect them, owl pellets are typically sterilized before packaged for selling. Even though pellets are usually already sterilized, we recommend that you always wear gloves when touching them.

What Do Owl Pellets Contain?

In short, owl pellets contain the hard and indigestible remains for their prey from the last 24 hours. Some of the factors which may affect the contents of the pellet are the species of owl, their geographical location, time of year and the type of prey available to them in their surroundings. Typically, some of the most common items found in pellets are hair, fur, teeth, bones and insect shells.

Why Are Owl Pellets Hard?

Owl pellets are actually soft and moist when they're first regurgitated by the owl. However, the pellets must be thoroughly dried and sterilized before selling, which makes them fairly hard. If you find the pellets are too tough to break apart during dissection, you can spray a small amount of water over them.

Why Do Owls Produce Pellets?

Owls don't have teeth, so they must swallow chunks of their prey whole with bones and teeth included. Because bones, fur, teeth and other items can't pass through the digestive tract of an owl, they must regurgitate it in the form of a pellet. If they don't, these materials will block their digestive system, causing serious health problems and possibly even death.

Do You Sell Your Own Owl Pellets?

We don't physically carry any owl pellets or products on our site, but instead connect you to vendors who do. Our goal at is to make finding and buying owl pellets a simple and hassle-free process. We've found that we can better accomplish this by spending our time finding reliable sources for our visitors and shoppers.

When Do Owl Pellets Go Bad?

As long as the owl pellets have been properly sterilized dehydrated, you should be able to store them for over 2 years before they require discarding. Just be sure to keep them in an air-tight bag. I'm not sure why anyone would want to hang on to their pellets for this long, but it's nice to know that you can!

Why Do People Dissect Owl Pellets?

Dissecting pellets is a fun hands-on learning experience which allows you to see the types of prey consumed by an owl. While you can certainly find this information out by reading a text book, dissecting owl pellets is undoubtedly more enjoyable for students.

What Tools Do I Need To Perform an Owl Pellet Dissection?

To perform a dissection, you'll need an owl pellet, forceps, latex gloves and a microscope (optional).