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Name: Heidi
Status: other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001

We have found approx. 20 holes 2" in diameter between the end of our lane & the creek (about 1/8 mile apart)and in the very bottom of our ditch. There is no dirt mounded around the outer edges of these holes. When a rock is thrown into it, we can hear the rock hit water. My husband mowed on Sunday and left a tractor tire mark on the edge of one of the holes. The next day mud was over part of the tire track,as whatever is down there brought some mud up with it. We are only curious as to what lives there. We haven't seen any different animals around. We don't have any ground squirrels to our knowledge. What time of day should we look for these creatures? Any help would be appreciated as to what is co-habitating with us.Thank you for your time.

Not knowing what part of the World you are from, if you are in the U.S., especailly the eastern U.S., this is very much like the den openings of crayfish or crawfish (same thing).

Steve Sample
York High School
Elmhurst, Illinois

There are species of crayfish that live in wet grassy areas, sometimes far from actual streams. Sometimes the holes will have mounds of earth all around, called chimneys, sometimes not. At one house I lived in, the lawn was full of them - that tells you something about the nature of the land - and the flooding we had in the basement! You are very unlikey to be able to see them, but try looking cautiously in the hole at night with a flashlight.

J. Elliott

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