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Old 05-13-2022, 07:26 AM   #1
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I've been getting some grass damage. I won't call it my lawn because it is down the slope closer to the river and beyond my irrigation system and St. Augustine grass but I still have to mow it. The rooting is enough to cause my ZT to bounce all over creation but is not as bad as hog damage and there is no hog sign. Thought I probably had armadillo issues but all I've had on camera now is a possum. Hmm?
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Old 05-13-2022, 07:30 AM   #2
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Mole's?
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Old 05-13-2022, 07:45 AM   #3
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Old 05-13-2022, 07:51 AM   #4
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Yes. They will dig small holes to get to grubs and other bugs to eat.
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Old 05-13-2022, 07:55 AM   #5
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Just put them some dog food out lol
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:00 AM   #6
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It's possible it might be possums. Years ago, I kept seeing a possum in one area of the yard, during the day. I finally went and checked the area to try and figure out why the possum kept going to the same spot. Turns out it had dug a hole about 14" deep and filled the hole with it's babies. There was something like 9 possum babies in the hole. It looked about like someone used a post hole digger to make the hole, it was perfectly round, but no dirt on the surface. The hole was hard to find, because the possum left the carpet grass on the surface. The carpet grass was being used like a door, to cover the hole. Basically a flap of carpet grass over the top of the hole. It took me a while to find. I think the only reason I found the hole, is I stepped in it.

I have never heard of or seen, that before or since. But since then I do know possums dig holes, I thought they only climbed trees.
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:02 AM   #7
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Definitely Armadillo's my father in law has the same issue in Pecan. Look into "The Armadillo Trap" they are expensive but they work wonders. I bought one for him and in the past 2 weeks he has caught 3 armadillos in his yard
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:09 AM   #8
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:28 AM   #9
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It's possible it might be possums. Years ago, I kept seeing a possum in one area of the yard, during the day. I finally went and checked the area to try and figure out why the possum kept going to the same spot. Turns out it had dug a hole about 14" deep and filled the hole with it's babies. There was something like 9 possum babies in the hole. It looked about like someone used a post hole digger to make the hole, it was perfectly round, but no dirt on the surface. The hole was hard to find, because the possum left the carpet grass on the surface. The carpet grass was being used like a door, to cover the hole. Basically a flap of carpet grass over the top of the hole. It took me a while to find. I think the only reason I found the hole, is I stepped in it.

I have never heard of or seen, that before or since. But since then I do know possums dig holes, I thought they only climbed trees.
I have a hole like that but I would not say perfectly round. I've filled it in several times and it keeps getting dug back out but the odd part is there are no mounds of dirt around it. I just find a clean hole about 15" deep.
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:32 AM   #10
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Time for a trail camera
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:38 AM   #11
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There's a lot of things it could be. If it's a possum, they are really easy to livetrap. Any kind of scraps or pet food will work. Even fruit scraps. They will eat during near anything. Empty food cans work as bait also. They're nothing but a big rat.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:42 AM   #12
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I'd vote for armadillo too. I had one rooting up my yard and tried a live trap but only managed to catch the neighbors cat. That said, he hasn't been around for a while, maybe I ran him off to happier lawns.
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Old 05-13-2022, 09:41 AM   #13
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I have a hole like that but I would not say perfectly round. I've filled it in several times and it keeps getting dug back out but the odd part is there are no mounds of dirt around it. I just find a clean hole about 15" deep.
I have the same deal but much deeper at the base of a tree that seems to spread around the root system. May have to set up a cam myself
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Old 05-13-2022, 10:43 AM   #14
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Time for a six pack and sniper hog light mounted on a .17. Enjoy the peaceful darkness, sip on some brews and snipe a critter.
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Old 05-13-2022, 11:20 AM   #15
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LOL I value my sleep and avoiding mosquitoes too much to sit out with a spotlight. If I thought hogs I might consider it. Heck, I guess I could put a motion light out and just watch from the house but have no desire to shoot a possum or dillo. I'll put a trap out and just relocate whatever it catches down to one of the neighborhood nature areas.

To somebody who said time for a trail cam, I have one out. It's just getting the possum and nosy deer.
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Old 05-13-2022, 11:26 AM   #16
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Do they eat snakes or is that a myth?

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Old 05-13-2022, 05:11 PM   #17
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Possums are known to eat snakes and can digest them easily. It is all because Possums are immune to the venom of the majority of snake species. For food, Possums donít only rely on snakes. They only choose to hunt snakes if they are easy to catch or are found dead.
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:14 PM   #18
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Probably flies. Put out some golden maldrin and your problem will be taken care of.
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:25 PM   #19
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Possums eat large quantities of ticks do let him be.


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Old 05-13-2022, 08:42 PM   #20
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Old 05-13-2022, 09:28 PM   #21
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I had a possum give birth in my garage. The wife thought they were cute until one of her kittens got fed to the babies.
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Old 05-13-2022, 09:44 PM   #22
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I had a possum give birth in my garage. The wife thought they were cute until one of her kittens got fed to the babies.
How did that happen. Babies are in the pouch for about 2 months.
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Old 05-13-2022, 11:59 PM   #23
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How did that happen. Babies are in the pouch for about 2 months.
They were living in an old dryer vent in the wall. We tore it out and found the carnage.
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Old 05-14-2022, 07:22 AM   #24
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They were living in an old dryer vent in the wall. We tore it out and found the carnage.
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Old 05-14-2022, 07:29 AM   #25
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I had a possum give birth in my garage. The wife thought they were cute until one of her kittens got fed to the babies.
I've seen cute videos of animals adopting babies and nurturing them as one of their own. Opossums ain't into that?
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Old 05-14-2022, 07:32 AM   #26
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I always heard that too. I shot one a few years back and sat it on the tailgate of the pickup. Hundreds of ticks were crawling off of it. It seemed like the ticks were eating the opossum. It was one of the more disgusting things I've seen I would have to say.

Unless they eat ticks after they get on them. I guess that could be.....I don't know but that thing was a tick hotel.
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Old 05-14-2022, 12:16 PM   #27
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Didnít leave the cam out last night. Fresh activity this morning.




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Old 05-14-2022, 01:10 PM   #28
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MolesÖ..
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Old 05-14-2022, 01:15 PM   #29
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Moles.
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Old 05-14-2022, 08:30 PM   #30
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I change my vote to moles after seeing pic
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Old 05-14-2022, 09:00 PM   #31
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Old 05-14-2022, 09:18 PM   #32
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Definitely moles.
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Old 05-14-2022, 09:22 PM   #33
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:33 AM   #34
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I got a mole spike out today on a fresh tunnel. Also gonna take my dog down there later and see what she might dig up.
Folks on the neighborhood board telling me to put juicy fruit gum in the tunnels to kill them.


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Old 05-21-2022, 03:35 PM   #35
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That’s moles. Get you a gopher hawk trap and get after them suckers
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