Holes in Canteloupe

I am growing various melons and doing pretty good but started getting melons with a single large hole and it’s hollowed out inside. These are not ripe melons but half grown green melons. I am placing in mesh net bags, but if too tight they just eat through the mesh. I am in suburb community with 1/4 acre lots with squirrels, I have seen an opossum, and I have caught a few rats. There are no raccoons, no deer, no coyotes, no skunks. I am going to put out a trap again in case it’s a rat.

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Mice, rats, any number of small rodents. Some people put small melons on pots or diy stands to keep them off the ground.

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@glennst1011 @ampersand

They are after the moisture it appears. Turtles are notorious for doing that but getting through netting takes work. We always lose a few cantaloupe to turtles. When it is turtles there will be large cuts on the sides of the melons like a knife where the claws dugs in. Look for a hole like that in the center but scratches on each side of the hole. Rats are a real possibility.

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