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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 30, 2015 12:04 PM CST
Here are some photos of holes in the ground and I would like to ID what critter is making them. They go straight down not at an angle as far as I can tell. I would suspect our pocket gophers but they always leave a large unsightly mound of dirt. I would suspect gopher tortise except they always dig at an angle not straight down. These holes are anywhere from 2 to 3 inches in diameter and my guesstimate looking down in them is that they are 12 inches deep before I can't see any further. Can anyone help me please?

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Name: Donald
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needrain
Mar 30, 2015 1:13 PM CST
Tarantulas! Huge, hairy tarantulas! Just kidding. Maybe just a ground squirrel? Those are around here occasionally and I've never seen them make a mound around a hole. They may and I just haven't seen it. If the hole weren't so large, I might think it was an emerging grub of some kind or some of those huge insect eating wasps. Insects can actually move and displace a lot earth when you think about it. Dirt Dauber nests, the paper nests of wasps, fire ant mounds, and of course, tarantula holes Big Grin .
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 30, 2015 1:27 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
As far as I can find we have no ground squirrels in Fl. There are eastern chipmunks in the far western panhandle but that's a long way from me.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 30, 2015 1:30 PM CST
Humm, Too small for bunny nests. I hope someone can ID them for you as I have no clue.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 30, 2015 1:34 PM CST
Certainly not like the bunny nests I have seen -- way too deep.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 30, 2015 1:36 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:Certainly not like the bunny nests I have seen -- way too deep.


I agree True!
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Seedfork
Mar 30, 2015 1:46 PM CST
My guess is either chipmunks or rats if the holes are small less than three or four inches.
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sooby
Mar 30, 2015 1:53 PM CST
I found this article when I was Googling to see if you have voles there, don't know if it will help at all:

Ground Hole Identification
http://icwdm.org/Inspection/GroundHoles.aspx
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Mar 30, 2015 3:33 PM CST
Ann, I would say it's crawfish. If the soil sandy, which it appears to be in the picture, then the crawfish would not be able to build the typical chimney. Wet sany soil would not hold together very well, and I can see a couple of dirt balls near the entrance, that looked like something a crawfish would make.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Mar 30, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Crawfish? Put on a pan of water to boil. Then get some string with a bit of bacon rind tied to it. Dangle that over the hole and see if there's a taker. If not, go turn off the fire under the pan before the water boils away.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Mar 30, 2015 3:39 PM CST
needrain said:Crawfish? Put on a pan of water to boil. Then get some string with a bit of bacon rind tied to it. Dangle that over the hole and see if there's a taker. If not, go turn off the fire under the pan before the water boils away.


I think I'm the only person in Southeast Texas that doesn't eat Mudbugs.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 30, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Thank you Sue! These are much larger than dime size so I don't think it's voles.

Donald -- too funny! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Sorry to say that like Jay I don't eat mudbugs but give me an ocean bug & YUM!!!!! You know, the BIG UNS otherwise known as Lob-stah. Drooling Drooling

Jay, I can't believe I didn't think of that myself!!!! *Blush* I *know* those kind of dirt balls -- have seen them all my life. Also crabs & fiddler crabs make the same kind of dirt balls as do land crabs. I did see some intact dirt balls the other day before it rained at another spot that had a smaller hole. It's either crawfish or land crabs. I just wasn't thinking that way since we're so far from the coast (70 miles) now but had I been near the coast I would never have had to ask the question b/c it would have been a no brainer for me.

Okay! I'm satisfied it's crayfish or crabs. Thanks everyone for trying to help! Thank You! I tip my hat to you.
I don't need to get rid of them; they can live here ~~~ I just wanted to know if it was something I should be concerned about.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Mar 30, 2015 5:31 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:
Okay! I'm satisfied it's crayfish or crabs.

Umm.... It's a crawfish, but crawdad is also acceptable. Crayfish is Yankee talk. Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 30, 2015 5:44 PM CST
Horntoad said:
Umm.... It's a crawfish, but crawdad is also acceptable. Crayfish is Yankee talk. Rolling on the floor laughing

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Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I'll have to blame that one on all the yanks that invaded our portion of the southland.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 30, 2015 8:35 PM CST
We call them crawdaddies out west...
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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 31, 2015 8:53 AM CST
Crayfish in PA!
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Mar 31, 2015 12:44 PM CST
luvsgrtdanes said:Crayfish in PA!


and Michigan!!

oh -- maybe that's because we ARE Yankees ?? Hilarious!
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Name: Ronnie
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Mar 31, 2015 1:16 PM CST
Guess so...been a PA girls for 54 years Whistling
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 31, 2015 1:51 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:Here are some photos of holes in the ground and I would like to ID what critter is making them. They go straight down not at an angle as far as I can tell. I would suspect our pocket gophers but they always leave a large unsightly mound of dirt. I would suspect gopher tortise except they always dig at an angle not straight down. These holes are anywhere from 2 to 3 inches in diameter and my guesstimate looking down in them is that they are 12 inches deep before I can't see any further. Can anyone help me please?

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Maybe some type of snake lives there. Shrug!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 31, 2015 2:11 PM CST
I really think it's crawfish/crayfish or some kind of crab tarev but snakes are welcome here too.
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