Can squash just split open on their own? I came home last night and checked the plants, noticed there was a small (1") slug "chewing" away at the bottom of the biggest squash growing off of the vine. I got rid of the thing, and I think maybe I left the squash with the downside up. Came home for lunch, checked, and the squash had a very large split (half way around) in it. Don't know if something came along and did it or if it did it on it's own.
Also, how do you know when squash are ripe? I've never grown anything before, so I don't know. The types I planted were Vera Cruz Pepita, Mayo Blusher, and Calabaza del Norte. I haven't found out what they look like when they're ready. The squash that split open was about seven inches in diameter, and was dark green. It kind of looked like it'd quit growing. I was wondering if maybe it was mature and my moving it caused it to split or something.