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Old July 28th 03, 04:36 AM
FBCS
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Plastic netting works keeping predators out. I put lettuce in the pond this
morning for the guys to munch on, upon returning from church I saw a piece
hung up in the lip of the puddle that goes to the lower pond and proceeded
to stick my hands down under the netting to get it loose. As I stood I saw
what made me holler for DH. Right where I was pulling the lettuce loose was
a big black snake caught in my netting (4-5 ft.) He was tangled up real
good. Took DH 30 min to cut him out and get him back in the woods. I said to
axe him, he came for lunch. My DH was compassionate telling me they eat mice
(my other cringe) we had to try to get him out (as the snake kept trying to
bite at him). Will these snakes eat my fish or will they dwell together?
Joann


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Old July 28th 03, 10:06 PM
RichToyBox
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Default Snakes Alive!

Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.
--
RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html


"FBCS" wrote in message
...
Plastic netting works keeping predators out. I put lettuce in the pond

this
morning for the guys to munch on, upon returning from church I saw a piece
hung up in the lip of the puddle that goes to the lower pond and proceeded
to stick my hands down under the netting to get it loose. As I stood I

saw
what made me holler for DH. Right where I was pulling the lettuce loose

was
a big black snake caught in my netting (4-5 ft.) He was tangled up real
good. Took DH 30 min to cut him out and get him back in the woods. I said

to
axe him, he came for lunch. My DH was compassionate telling me they eat

mice
(my other cringe) we had to try to get him out (as the snake kept trying

to
bite at him). Will these snakes eat my fish or will they dwell together?
Joann




  #3  
Old July 28th 03, 10:06 PM
RichToyBox
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Default Snakes Alive!

Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.
--
RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html


"FBCS" wrote in message
...
Plastic netting works keeping predators out. I put lettuce in the pond

this
morning for the guys to munch on, upon returning from church I saw a piece
hung up in the lip of the puddle that goes to the lower pond and proceeded
to stick my hands down under the netting to get it loose. As I stood I

saw
what made me holler for DH. Right where I was pulling the lettuce loose

was
a big black snake caught in my netting (4-5 ft.) He was tangled up real
good. Took DH 30 min to cut him out and get him back in the woods. I said

to
axe him, he came for lunch. My DH was compassionate telling me they eat

mice
(my other cringe) we had to try to get him out (as the snake kept trying

to
bite at him). Will these snakes eat my fish or will they dwell together?
Joann




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Old July 29th 03, 02:23 AM
johnrutz
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Default Snakes Alive!



RichToyBox wrote:
Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.



--
Rich is right

I have at least three garter snakes in my pond they spend 99% of thier
time in the veggie bog where all the pond life exept for fish is
just once in a while Ill see one scootin across the koi pond heading to
the flower gardens and as they have been here for 2 yrs now I dont see
mice any more




John Rutz
Z5 New Mexico

never miss a good oportunity to shut up

see my pond at:

http://www.fuerjefe.com

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Old July 29th 03, 02:23 AM
johnrutz
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RichToyBox wrote:
Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.



--
Rich is right

I have at least three garter snakes in my pond they spend 99% of thier
time in the veggie bog where all the pond life exept for fish is
just once in a while Ill see one scootin across the koi pond heading to
the flower gardens and as they have been here for 2 yrs now I dont see
mice any more




John Rutz
Z5 New Mexico

never miss a good oportunity to shut up

see my pond at:

http://www.fuerjefe.com

  #6  
Old July 29th 03, 02:37 PM
FBCS
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I agree it would have been nice to know my arm was all around this reptile.
I can handle the snakes being around, it's a given since I live in a wooded
area. The same way I deal with lizards and mice. Mice I don't do well with
at all, hence my husband trying to convince me he was a good visitor. I
have learned to look before I weed my gardens.
My panic was that here is another predator after my fish. Grey Heron and
Osprey have cleaned me out prior netting, a suggestion from this group since
K30 said I can't shoot them. As big as this snake was I would have had an
empty pond. I have been looking to get rid of goldfish but not as lunch.
Joann

"Anne Lurie" wrote in message
.com...
I also think that snakes hang out around some ponds (mine, at least)

because
it's a comfy place, not too hot or too cold.

I was *very* surprised a year or so ago to see a snake come out from its
hiding place under my teeny preformed water garden's lip -- apparently,
the space between the lip & the ground has a fairly even temperature, so

he
could sun/cool himself to his heart's content.

I don't actually begrudge the snake his comfort -- unless he was the

same
b***tard that got into my bluebird boxes -- but I sure would have liked
knowing the snake was there before I weeded that area by hand!

Anne Lurie
Raleigh, NC

"RichToyBox" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs

that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they

are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the

food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.
--
RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html


"FBCS" wrote in message
...
Plastic netting works keeping predators out. I put lettuce in the

pond
this
morning for the guys to munch on, upon returning from church I saw a

piece
hung up in the lip of the puddle that goes to the lower pond and

proceeded
to stick my hands down under the netting to get it loose. As I stood

I
saw
what made me holler for DH. Right where I was pulling the lettuce

loose
was
a big black snake caught in my netting (4-5 ft.) He was tangled up

real
good. Took DH 30 min to cut him out and get him back in the woods. I

said
to
axe him, he came for lunch. My DH was compassionate telling me they

eat
mice
(my other cringe) we had to try to get him out (as the snake kept

trying
to
bite at him). Will these snakes eat my fish or will they dwell

together?
Joann








  #7  
Old July 29th 03, 02:37 PM
FBCS
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Default Snakes Alive!

I agree it would have been nice to know my arm was all around this reptile.
I can handle the snakes being around, it's a given since I live in a wooded
area. The same way I deal with lizards and mice. Mice I don't do well with
at all, hence my husband trying to convince me he was a good visitor. I
have learned to look before I weed my gardens.
My panic was that here is another predator after my fish. Grey Heron and
Osprey have cleaned me out prior netting, a suggestion from this group since
K30 said I can't shoot them. As big as this snake was I would have had an
empty pond. I have been looking to get rid of goldfish but not as lunch.
Joann

"Anne Lurie" wrote in message
.com...
I also think that snakes hang out around some ponds (mine, at least)

because
it's a comfy place, not too hot or too cold.

I was *very* surprised a year or so ago to see a snake come out from its
hiding place under my teeny preformed water garden's lip -- apparently,
the space between the lip & the ground has a fairly even temperature, so

he
could sun/cool himself to his heart's content.

I don't actually begrudge the snake his comfort -- unless he was the

same
b***tard that got into my bluebird boxes -- but I sure would have liked
knowing the snake was there before I weeded that area by hand!

Anne Lurie
Raleigh, NC

"RichToyBox" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs

that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they

are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the

food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.
--
RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html


"FBCS" wrote in message
...
Plastic netting works keeping predators out. I put lettuce in the

pond
this
morning for the guys to munch on, upon returning from church I saw a

piece
hung up in the lip of the puddle that goes to the lower pond and

proceeded
to stick my hands down under the netting to get it loose. As I stood

I
saw
what made me holler for DH. Right where I was pulling the lettuce

loose
was
a big black snake caught in my netting (4-5 ft.) He was tangled up

real
good. Took DH 30 min to cut him out and get him back in the woods. I

said
to
axe him, he came for lunch. My DH was compassionate telling me they

eat
mice
(my other cringe) we had to try to get him out (as the snake kept

trying
to
bite at him). Will these snakes eat my fish or will they dwell

together?
Joann








  #8  
Old July 29th 03, 02:38 PM
FBCS
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Default Snakes Alive!

What happens when it is time to clean the filters? Aghhhhh!
"johnrutz" wrote in message
...


RichToyBox wrote:
Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs

that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they

are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the

food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.



--
Rich is right

I have at least three garter snakes in my pond they spend 99% of thier
time in the veggie bog where all the pond life exept for fish is
just once in a while Ill see one scootin across the koi pond heading to
the flower gardens and as they have been here for 2 yrs now I dont see
mice any more




John Rutz
Z5 New Mexico

never miss a good oportunity to shut up

see my pond at:

http://www.fuerjefe.com



  #9  
Old July 29th 03, 02:38 PM
FBCS
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Default Snakes Alive!

What happens when it is time to clean the filters? Aghhhhh!
"johnrutz" wrote in message
...


RichToyBox wrote:
Most snakes are not at the pond for the fish. They love frogs, lizards,
mice, moles, voles, and other critters that are attracted to the bugs

that
frequent the pond. Lots of people are afraid of them, but unless they

are
one of the poisonous varieties, they are better left alone, to keep the

food
supply down to a number that doesn't draw the poisonous snakes.



--
Rich is right

I have at least three garter snakes in my pond they spend 99% of thier
time in the veggie bog where all the pond life exept for fish is
just once in a while Ill see one scootin across the koi pond heading to
the flower gardens and as they have been here for 2 yrs now I dont see
mice any more




John Rutz
Z5 New Mexico

never miss a good oportunity to shut up

see my pond at:

http://www.fuerjefe.com



  #10  
Old July 29th 03, 02:46 PM
FBCS
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It has been dry for a couple of weeks, that sounds strange since we thought
it would never stop raining here So. MD. We had a real good down pour last
evening, so much I had to go out with a flash light to see if any fish ended
up out side the ponds due to overflow.

I have been trying to see if he gobbled any fish, he had a real large middle
like he had a feast before getting caught. Joann



"K30a" wrote in message
...
Is is awfully dry where you are right now?
He might only be coming for a drink.
On the other hand there are snakes who eat fish.
He probably got such a fright he won't be back!



k30a
yearly brother website posting
http://www.30acreimaging.com/



 




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