Critter at Entrance of Tunnel
Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA
November 17, 2010
Size: ~1/4in wide
I don't expect an identification per se--certainly nothing specific. But if anyone has any clues as to what kind of critter this is, and/or has any suggestions on how to coax it out of its burrow so I may get some better shots, I'd really appreciate it.
This particular individual is located roughly a foot away from two pyramid ant hills, with one on either side. So far, I've only seen it at the surface like this in the evening and night-time hours, though I haven't really checked on it a whole lot during the daytime. The diameter of the hole is about ____. The critter will kind of retreat down its tunnel a few inches or further when I disturb the grass around the entrance. It retreated for the night when I put a piece of dead pine needle into the hole. The next evening, I happened to show up just in time to see it toss the needle, over its head, out of the hole. That was pretty neat.
We have a lot of mole cricket activity around here, but this thing is smaller than the mole crickets I've seen (all were male).
I think there are a ton of these things located around a kind of rainwater retention pond nearby. (I call it a lake, but if I'm walking without interruption, it may take just ten minutes to walk all the way around it.) I see a lot of the same kind of hole there, anyway.
The hole is well-defined, even during the daytime.