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Snakes in a pond!
June 16th, 2010

OK, there’s only one snake, but it’s a big one. [Full disclosure: I consider any snake over 6 inches long to be a big snake.]

I first saw this snake crawling into the jasmine in the back yard. I only saw its tail but there was plenty of that. After some hunting around online I decided it was a blotched water snake. They eat fish. So I looked out at the pond and THERE IT WAS right by the pond. Creepy.

snake 1

I saw it go into the water a couple of times and the first thing it does is stick its head under water, I guess to see who else is there.

snake 2

Then it takes its head out, gets situated, and just dives in. I think most of our fish are too big for this snake to eat, but probably not all. I don’t know how long it has been around or if any of the fish are missing. I got the skimmer and bothered it around the pond a lot but I couldn’t make it get out. I didn’t see it attack a fish and they didn’t seem overly concerned but if there is such a thing as smart fish, they don’t live here.

snake 4

The snake mostly just hangs out under water. This is blurry but he’s just lying in a water lily pot.

snake 3

He comes up for air about once a minute. How does a snake tread water?

That was Monday, and I haven’t seen him since. I hope he decided our pond wasn’t as peaceful as he thought it would be, or that there wasn’t anything to eat, and moved on. Of course there are a million places a snake could hide in our back yard and it worries me not knowing where he is. It’s not a poisonous snake but it will strike if it feels cornered and I don’t know how paranoid they are. As a friend said, it doesn’t matter if it’s poisonous — if it attacked me I would drop dead on the spot.

3 Responses to “Snakes in a pond!”
  1. From RUTH GRADY
    7 years, 7 months ago

    I hope he isn’t eating your fish! He is a pretty big snake, Meredith. You’d better get in there and scoop him out of the pond.

    I had actually figured that as a job for MRA. I got him to come home early to go snake hunting but of course by the time he got here, no snake.

  2. From RUTH GRADY
    7 years, 7 months ago

    Maybe your cats could catch him. Insomnia used to catch garter snakes at the house all the time – he’d come trotting up through the yard with what looked like a big wiggly mustache.

  3. From rifestitch
    7 years, 7 months ago

    We ran into 2 snakes in one day a couple weekends ago – the dumb coonhound found a 4′ black snake in the tall grass along the road and killed it (after throwing it over his head like a sock), and later that day, while walking in the creek, the German shorthair walked right on a water snake and tipped it into the water. Gonna be a bad year for them, I think…

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