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30/05/2012 at 14:56

How does one remove a snake from ones pond before it eats all the fish and frogs? Having spoken to our local reptile centre they say if it has been disturbed it will move on. Difficult to check by looking at the pond from a mile up the road. Any ideas?

30/05/2012 at 15:53

Find a friendly local who loves snakes and wishes she her pond. She could a) check for you and b) relocate it.

PS If you're in East Dorset, I'm yer woman.

30/05/2012 at 15:56

Oops, wrote rubbish, tried to edit, got error message then computer had funny turn. I meant 'wishes she had one in her pond' (though not if it's going to eat all the frogs and newts)

30/05/2012 at 15:58

If I Spot it again its all yours !

30/05/2012 at 16:04

Thankssssss :~

31/05/2012 at 08:31

I've been making a sneaky pile of grass clippings and twiggy matter just in case passing grass snakes want somewhere to lay their eggs - told the neighbours it was just a compost heap!

If it's any consolation, even a big adult will only eat a fairly small number of prey items a year..

31/05/2012 at 10:32

Thanks for the info Wildman. My 5 fish are still swimming, have seen a couple of frogs so our "visitor" may just have had a snack and not the full menu as you suggest.I will give our compost heap a little more respect in future as it had to go somewhere !

01/06/2012 at 01:30

It is absolutely normal for grass snakes to go swimming.  They are gardeners friends.  Be grateful you have them.  Look after them!!

Why do people wish to disturb perfectly normal behavior?  Friends of ours have otters visiting their pond.  They will empty a pond in double quick time.

01/06/2012 at 11:15
We netted our pond at our previous house and had to disentangle grass snakes several times. They curl through the netting then play dead and froth as you snip away the plastic. Oscar winning performances because they all slithered off happily after I cut the last hold of netting. We often found the floppy egg cases in our compost heap.

I live on East Dorset/west Hampshire border and have seen three adders over the last two years on dog walks. Now those we keep a respectful distance from!
01/06/2012 at 13:24

It's curled up somewhere bless! We are in Hampshire and as you say adders are a concern when walking the dog. Thanks for the tip, egg cases in the compost heap will be a first .Still counting fish!

07/06/2012 at 22:52

Grass snakes are becoming an increasing rare sight in our gardens and countryside. You should be proud that your garden is so attractive to it. Let it get on with its business and enjoy the bragging rights of having a rare native species within oyur garden

08/06/2012 at 09:18

We have worked so hard for 17 years to create a garden to share with wildlife. I feel blessed every morning to hear fledglings squeeking away at our feeders and the awe of a sparrowhawk catching lunch. The only sadness is no hedgehog for 2 years .We have just about everything else visiting us, we are so lucky!

08/06/2012 at 10:07

This thread reminds me of the lovely poem written by D. H. Lawrence "A snake came to my water trough..."

08/06/2012 at 10:29

gardengirl, that is one of my all-time favourite poems :- )

08/06/2012 at 10:30

Bored with Bindweed - have you thought about Rescue hedgehogs? I'm on a crusade now I've got some. Your garden has to be incredibly secure, though.

09/06/2012 at 11:05

Hi flo Bear I am a bit concerned about what my neighbours may be using to deter slugs. There are hollows under my fences where foxes have dug to make a corridor and we had a badger who visited last year. So the garden is dog proof but not hedgehog proof. We used to have a mum and baby visit and she loved dogfood and peanuts Good luck with your adoptions!

10/06/2012 at 22:12

Oh, B with B, that's a shame. I'm a bit worried that I haven't seen two of my hoggies for a while though Blue Boy is out by the water bowl every night waiting for the food. I'm hoping for a balmy night soon so I can stay out in the garden and see what the other two get up to!

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