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).
York High School
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.
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