could rabbits be doing this?

justrussellJuly 13, 2012

I've lost a couple dozen tomatoes already. Do you think the rabbits are doing this to try and get moisture? We've been with out rain for 3 weeks; Worst drought I've ever seen. On top of it all, my peppers and tomatoes are also getting blossom end rot! I treated for that last night, and put out water pan for the rabbits... what do you think?

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junktruck

my guess would be squirles / i dont think either will drink tap water /besides once they get a taste for maters they wont stop eating them / 2 options/ one is relocation and then theres the other option

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 9:09PM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

Those are rather large bites. Do you have woodchucks or large rabbits?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:00AM
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tdscpa(z5 NWKS)

I don't think rabbits eat fruit. In my garden, they only eat greens. Squirrels run around my yard in the top of my fence to get to a neighbor's pear tree. Once saw one nibbling on an abandoned ear of corn inside of my garden in the late fall.

The damage to my tomatoes that looks most like your picture is done by birds. They love their tomato juice. In dry years like this one, I have to harvest tomatoes before fully ripe, and ripen them on my kitchen counter.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 12:17AM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

Birds and squirrels are the hardest things to control. Just like rain & sunshine :)

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 8:36AM
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barnhardt9999(8a)

I agree with junktrunck. That looks like tree rats, or "squirrels" as novice gardeners commonly call them.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 8:48PM
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tomakers(SE MA Zone 5/6 or ?)

Tree rats or woodchucks, and my guess is woodchucks. I suppose it could also be deer. The bites look too big for a squirrel or rabbit, were the tomatoes the only thing eaten?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 8:43AM
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