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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 25, 2019 7:04 AM CST

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Funny!
So they eat more of other stuff than Slugs etc.
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Oct 25, 2019 7:14 AM CST
I always thought possums were cute, they never snarled at me like the raccoons did I trapped them. Interestingly, I have yet to see a raccoon here at our new home. Obviously they are all down south at Ken's house. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Oct 25, 2019 7:34 AM CST
I think I must have all the coons in FL visiting me, Alice. Saying that, I can assure you, you have plenty of them.

Ursula, possums dig for all sorts of things, worms, grubs, etc., just like coons. Coons, because of their strength, tear up a landscape and yard more than possums. Armadillos dig about like coons though.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Oct 25, 2019 9:34 AM CST
The critter guys told me possums are lazy and choose the armadillo burrows for themselves. Seriously Ken, I was used to seeing many, many raccoons each day before and here it is absolutely nothing. There is a lot of development here but there is also a lot of preserved land with deer, bobcats, etc. I wonder if the local raccoons did not succumb to the disease that was running rampant a few years ago. I see roadkill possums and armadill os, they are both plentiful, just no little bandits.

Hmmm, maybe they are with the alligators that are not in your pond. Both are unusual situations.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Oct 25, 2019 10:22 AM CST
Still no gator. I'm on the pond each and every day (I also feed my fish every morning) and I will know if one "visits".
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Oct 25, 2019 8:04 PM CST
Red red wine, stay close to me.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 7, 2019 7:21 AM CST
I've had an extra-large trap, along with a fenced-in "run" leading to that trap, for over 3 mo. Since armadillos won't go to bait, a fenced run theoretically leads these dim-witted/dim-sighted critters into the trap. This is what the "professional" trappers do but there must be a secret to their method, since I haven't trapped a single armadillo in those 3 mo. of trying. I had long ago given up on trapping an armadillo, but simply left the fencing and trap in place since it was in an out-of-the-way area.

I have trapped 2 armadillos this week. Why, I have no clue. I've done absolutely nothing with that trap or with that fenced-in run, other than leave it be.

I paint all the backs of these critters with bright red paint, so if I was re-capturing the same critters, I would immediately know it. I've had no return customers. It is remarkable how my extensively mulched landscaping has remained pretty much untouched since I've begun this trapping. I used to have to rake the mulch back into place, put lawn sod back into dug-up holes, and often had to re-plant dug-up plants almost every day. Now it's rare that I have to do this.

I hit the 100 critters mark two weeks ago and haven't baited any traps until Monday. I gave the critters a vacation. Whistling My total now is 105, including those two dillos. I'm on my way to relocate a possum.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 7, 2019 8:48 AM CST
Ken, you might want to consider keeping the possums around your yard. The other critters do dig, and mess with plants etc. but the possums are mainly insect and trash eaters, cleaner-uppers if you will. They have never messed with my plants or dug holes except maybe in my compost pile.

They're also beneficial in that they eat ticks, something you really don't want infesting your grassy areas. For some reason they are immune to ticks themselves, and eat a LOT of them.

Your red paint might not last very long on a furry animal, too. They shed a lot of fur all the time, especially in summer, and also do groom themselves when something gets on their fur. On the armadillo it will work great. But if anyone from the Florida wildlife service sees that you may be in trouble - transporting a wild animal can get you a $500 fine in Florida if you are caught with the critter in your vehicle.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Nov 7, 2019 9:15 AM CST

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This welcomed me when I got up this morning. For those of you who are not familiar with this, it is powdered or confectionary sugar! It goes great with certain cakes and various baked goods!! NOT!
It snowed here last night. 1" on grassy surfaces. It is great for critter tracking.
While raking/blowing leaves yesterday, I found piles of 'dark brown raisins' all over my yard. Seems like deer have been visiting me at night! Oh boy.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 7, 2019 9:18 AM CST
Yes, I know, Elaine. The wildlife service says to "humanely" kill the trapped animals. Maybe that's why I've never had a tick. Lots of possums. I might be wrong, but I thought that one of the possum's favorite foods is grubs. They surely dig for these. I seem to have plenty of grubs, finding them when I dig up the yard to plant trees.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 7, 2019 9:19 AM CST
That's one critter I still haven't spotted here, Bill. I feel sure I have them, with all the pastures and stands of woods in the area.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 7, 2019 9:58 AM CST

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Yuck! I do prefer the white stuff on traditional Christmas Stollen, not on the ground. Smiling Our Pennsy place might see some of that tonight, depending on when that band of precipitation comes through.
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Nov 7, 2019 9:58 AM CST
Possums eat worms, grubs, insects, beetle larva, bird eggs, fruits, veggies and limited carrion or meat. I pretty much think that they are creatures that will eat anything!!
On Long Island, the fine for transporting and releasing nuisance Wildlife was $250.
It was a warning for years then $100 for a second offense and $250 for the third offense. But it was beefed up a bit in the early nineties with a critter explosion!
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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Dec 14, 2019 4:18 PM CST
Geese, Mallards, Mergansers and Murphy. He has really filled out from the scrawny pup we rescued in September. Also, we had one of those big turtles with the soft shells (like Ken has) on the bank of our pond the other day, naturally I did not have the camera but it was huge.
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Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 14, 2019 4:27 PM CST

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Cute Pup! Smiling
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Dec 14, 2019 4:44 PM CST
I don't know which duck is prettier, a Wood duck drake or a Hooded merganser drake?? Grumbling Thinking
When that male 'Hoodie' unfurls that disc, just gorgeous!!
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