I can’t help myself, I continue to try to figure out who my vegetable thief is. I doubt there is any more I can do to protect myself, but the curiosity simply kills me.
I harvested a nice, (1 kilo) zucchini recently to discover this (the tape measure is showing cms not ins):
I still ate the zucchini but I wondered who I’d shared my harvest with.
I searched online to find out if anyone had tips on identifying animals by their teeth marks. I have to say I wasn’t overwhelmed with data. But this site did give me some solid information. A ringtail or brushtail possum leaves the following evidence behind:
- partially-eaten fruit showing a series of scrapes (may show scrape marks of six front teeth, forming a groove about 10 mm wide)
- fruit disappears (can be carried away by brushtail possum)
- pellet-shaped droppings (around 10-15 mm long) under tree
Yep, that’s it. The first point is obvious – plenty of scrape marks. Fruit absolutely disappears (where is that whole watermelon???). Pellet-shaped droppings litter my backyard. All of which confirms what I knew. But I’m happy to have my regular visitor confirmed to NOT be a rat. Who would be happy to share their food with a rat?