Succulent bites?

Asked November 6, 2020, 3:37 PM EST

My friend has a potted outdoor succulent and has noticed something new this year. The photos will show there are divots in some of the tops. She said that's not the spots they bloom, so it may not be naturally occurring. They don't seem to occur anywhere else on the plant and I could not detect any insects or odd coloration. We were guessing a frog or someone found them tasty - do you have any ideas? Thanks!

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. This Extension publication has a list of problems of succulents, including animal pests: https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1399.pdf It would be unlikely for a frog to have chomped on it, since there is only one species of frog with teeth on top and bottom (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/2/110209-frogs-teeth-evolution-science/). More likely, it was a squirrel. Your friend should monitor the plant for infections, however, although it appears that the area has a scab in place. I hope this is helpful.