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QUESTION: Here in North Florida we find small holes in the yard. We are not near water and due to drought the ground has been very dry until recently. They do show up after rain. If it isn't too cold for them now and the little volcanos turn up I will photograph them. The whole affair looks like a tiny volcano. The cone shape piled up by what looks to be excretions from a mouth or anus. It has the shape of a string of tiny, mini Tootsie rolls all excreted into the cone shape. I'm originally from South Florida and know Crawdad holes, which are much bigger than these. The creature isn't really causing any damage, we can all live in harmony. I'd just like to know what it could be.

Thanks so much,


ANSWER: Dear Judi

Thank you for your question. Please could you supply some measurements for the holes etc, so that I can rule out some of the possibilities.

Happy New Year


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QUESTION: Jonathan,

The little volcano is about 2 to 2 1/2 inches tall, the base is about the same, 2 inches or so round tapering to the top. The opening at the top of the little volcano is about the size of the tip of your little finger. Only one appears at a time not many. More than one can appear on the acre but they don't come in groups. Was told once it was mole crickets, another said it's the huge fat(2 1/4 in.,long and 1/2 in. round, many legs, segmented body) larva we turn up planting something. White-ish, with a redish brown head.  As soon as one person says it's this or that ten people say no it isn't. Every one of the AG agents had a different opinion too. Like I said it doesn't damage anything and I don't mind sharing the yard with it so they don't come to look. Mainly because it's usually only one at a time.

Happy New Year to you too,


Dear Judi

Thank you for your additional information. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used. information about the different kinds of holes that can appear in gardens, while shows photos of different holes made by animals. From the description you gave, ground bees may have made the holes, but I cannot give you a definitive answer. I suggest that you look at the photos and contact the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management via to get a definitive answer.

I'm sorry I couldn't help more.

I wish you an enjoyable New year.

All the best


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


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