Florida Gardening forum: Underground chirping

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Name: Arlene
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florange
Jun 5, 2017 6:44 AM CST
I've been pulling weeds and cutting spent scapes in my daylily boxes. Often I will hear this soft chirp underground and I think I know what it is, maybe. In the fall and winter I see garden toads (probably Southern Toads) as I remove plants and add soil to the boxes. This is the first year I've heard chirping as I slightly disturb the soil.

I'm beachside in the Daytona area and it's been rather cool for the last few days, if that makes a difference.

What do you think? Is it Cuban tree frogs or garden toads????? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 5, 2017 6:57 AM CST
Hm, Cuban tree frogs aren't usually underground, I don't think. More likely the southern toads, but I really think unless you actually see one you'll never know.

Might also be moles or pocket gophers. Seen any entry holes nearby? Piles of dirt or "trails" ?
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Name: Arlene
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florange
Jun 5, 2017 8:02 AM CST
No trails or piles of soil. I have voles in the sand but nothing like that in the raised boxes. I haven't seen anything lately either. That's why I don't know what I have. The chirping is sweet, soft and limited.
Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Jun 15, 2017 11:36 AM CST
@florange
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There is a mole cricket that burrows and they have the sound for it, maybe that is what you're hearing?
Name: Arlene
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florange
Jun 16, 2017 8:51 AM CST
Cool!! Enjoyed listening to the sounds, but none are similar to what I hear.
Name: Arlene
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florange
Oct 24, 2017 8:51 PM CST
One of the chirping critters appeared as I was planting seeds in a raised vegetable box. The toad didn't appreciate my attention when I came back with a camera so this is the only picture I got. I will see them as I work in the raised beds in the coming weeks. Sometimes I dig them up.


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