or your last post. I had kinda thought possum. Have caught small young ones the size of a large squirrel, and not that much bigger than a barn rat. Then again some larger than a large house cat. Possums have a slender pointed mouth with extremely sharp pointed teeth that look like ice picks. Their claws are also long and sharp.
Hope you got em this time.
After the game warden discovered a tunnel dug near the overhang of my new deck (it's about two inches from ground level and one corner of it due to the slope of my land), and I had already discovered a tunnel under the house, I had set a live trap under the house with rat/mouse bait and also jammed bait into the tunnel outside. He had determined that my invading critter was a river rat rather than a weasel type because supposedly weasels leave very smooth paths as evidence and there were none near the tunnels nor at the creek banks nor around my pond.
After checking the live trap for a couple of days in a row, I found that nothing had disturbed it so wondered if the river rat had moved on. About five days ago I could smell something decaying right under the house area where my kitchen sink is located. That area under the house is only about six inches high from dirt to kitchen floor (ex had a hell of a time getting the plumbing right when we moved the kitchen sink to that wall).
I figured the rat had eaten the bait either under the house (without setting off the trap somehow), had entered the trap and eaten the bait and was dead in the trap (haven't checked yet), or had eaten the bait at the outside tunnel and managed to still get under the house and died near my sink area.
I have a small pond to the left of that kitchen area that I had just started to revamp a few days earlier and when I went outside to get ready to dig it out deeper and wider for the new liner, I discovered a very large possum croaked and bloated laying in the sand at the bottom of the hole of the pond.
Wondering now if the smell I experienced two days prior was actually that possum laying right under the window of the kitchen sink wall rather than under the house itself. Probably ate the rat bait at the edge of that outside tunnel, died, and one of my stupid dogs carted the carcass away and it landed in the pond hole. My dogs have a tendency to drag carcasses around endlessly either flipping it in the air like a toy or rolling in the hide for some insane reason so I suspect Duke was playing with it and carted it away from my window area right after I smelled it.
In any event, whatever was trying to claw or chew its way into my house is gone for now. I don't think it was a possum under the house originally unless it got trapped there at some point and by leaving the door to the area under the house open for a full day before setting the traps, it was able to get out and away because the tunnels themselves I think are way too narrow for a full grown possum. But small enough for a rat. And whatever was trying to get in had to have had claws or teeth on a large scale to make the holes I ended up with.
The only body that has turned up has been the possum, but the bait is still going to be used here for a while just in case. Gotta love country living....