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Asears
Ashland, VA

May 7, 2013
6:16 AM

Post #9511585

I have raised flower borders that are on the back of my house, and I mean raised like 3 foot off the ground. They have been there for 20 years. The yard does not meet them, we have a patio the whole backside of the house. Last week I noticed a hole at the base (between the stone on the ground) of the borders. This morning the same size hole was in the border. The hole is about 1inch to 11/2 in diameter. Do you have any idea as to what creature this could be? I flushed the hole out with water. It seemed to go a couple a feet.
Thank you for any help you could give me.

Angie Sears
iowagardening
Brayton, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2013
6:48 AM

Post #9511626

Sounds like a snake to me Angie. Only an inch diameter that would be my guess.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2013
7:48 AM

Post #9511685

I agree, Angie. It does sound like a snake...but, chances are very good that it is one of the harmless natives...they eat mice, rats, moles and voles, grubs, frogs and toads and even earthworms.

There are only 3 venomous snakes listed for Virginia, but 31 harmless species that are actually rather helpful in the garden. here is a link that shows all species in VA and gives their range within the state.

http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/reptiles/snakes/snakes_of_virginia.htm
Asears
Ashland, VA

May 7, 2013
11:15 AM

Post #9511932

Thank you for your help. Harmless or not, I really don't want a snake in there. It is right beside my back door!!! Any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9511961

Hi Angie...while out in the garden today I saw a "new" hole like you described right up next to the house...inside was a nice fat toad...perhaps that is what is living by your door. I suggest trying to watch the area for a bit and see if that is what is living there.

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Asears
Ashland, VA

May 7, 2013
1:35 PM

Post #9512110

Ok, I will. I really hope its a toad!!! I would much rather have that than a snake. :)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2013
3:26 PM

Post #9512237

I do hear you...toads won't scare you as you walk out the door.
Asears
Ashland, VA

May 8, 2013
3:31 AM

Post #9512861

LOL!! No they don't.
WeeNel
Ayrshire Scotland
United Kingdom

May 8, 2013
2:39 PM

Post #9513604

Toads / frogs eat all the snails, slugs and other insects so be kins to it IF it is a Toad, good luck. WeeNel.

Dragonflys4me

Dragonflys4me
(Chris) Ankeny, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2013
2:44 PM

Post #9513608

Please come back when the mystery is solved and let us know who your "new neighbor" is :-)
Asears
Ashland, VA

June 16, 2013
5:37 PM

Post #9561431

update: The holes are still appearing from time to time. But I still don't know for sure. Im believing it a frog. :)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2013
7:11 PM

Post #9561534

I would think frog/toad also. I don't think a snake would move about that much. (she said hopefully) grin
swampdiamonds
Gowrie, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2013
11:05 AM

Post #9562312

Since it's close to your house, I'd try to think of it as a "guard snake." It's keeping mice out of your home!

Or it's a toad. :)

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