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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.
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.
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.