What dug this big hole??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Blondie, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    Found this hole behind the air conditioner condenser unit. It's huge!! You could easily fit a football in it. Do you think it's a possum or raccoon? I haven't seen any around here except for road kill.

    Should I just shovel the dirt (sand) back into it? Any suggestions?


    Last edited: Jun 9, 2007
  2. webdawg

    webdawg In the Brooder

    May 4, 2007
    Kingman, Az
    I did a Google and the only mammal I found from Georgia that burrows is a Armadillo.
  3. edbama2

    edbama2 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
    Armadillo or what we call around here a gopher turtle. Since you are so close it might be the turtle. They are nasty and I have seen them latch on to a dogs snout. Do you have a creek nearby? Is the hole rounded on the top and kind of flat on the bottm?
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  4. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    Yes! We have a creek that runs through the property. I can't really tell if the hole is flat on the bottom because it curves around.

    We are only about 45 minutes to the Alabama line, and I've seen several turtles around here. I assumed they were all snapping turtles. Here's a picture of a turtle that was stalking my chickens several weeks ago:
  5. edbama2

    edbama2 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
    A gopher turtle has a noticeable yellow on his underside. I do not know if that is their real name or a local name. I am not even sure if it is spelled gopher. I have a creek by my house that is dried up and they search for water. I would imagine under the ac has some condesation at times. Ok, here is a link http://www.nsis.org/wildlife/rept/turt-tort.html There are pictures to of the hole and the turtle.
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  6. Sherry

    Sherry Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Southern WV
    What about a groundhog? They like to burrow under things.
  7. pharr389

    pharr389 Songster

    May 10, 2007
    southeast georgia
    i would say it's an armadillo! have you noticed any small holes in your yard,i think armadillo's search for grubs and worms making small holes in the ground.they'll really mess up a yard. they are noctournal.
  8. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
  9. drafthorse39

    drafthorse39 Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    personally i have never seen an armadillo but that hole right there looks like a rabbits work. So that's my guess
  10. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Looks a lot like the grounhog holes I get around here. [​IMG]

    My dogs (Obe Wan-borderline collie, and Merlin-australian shepherd) caught and did in a young groundhog for me just yesterday! Good boys!!

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