Grass snake in the pond HELP !

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?



  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    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.

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    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)

  • If I Spot it again its all yours !

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    Thankssssss :~

  • 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..

  • 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 !

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    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.

  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 196
    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!
  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • gardengirl6gardengirl6 Posts: 223

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

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

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

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    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.

  • 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!

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    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!

  • Ne1lmadleNe1lmadle Posts: 5

    Amazing year for wildlife.  I do think it's down to the weather.  Probably due to the heat and maybe a lack of food ??. So this year we have seen a hedgehog in the middle of the day (several  times but not lately)a squirrel in the evening( only once)  and amazingly and worrying two snakes. My fish( fantails) have gone to ground and are not feeding properly but I do know there's  still 40/50 still in there. Has anybody had the same experience and what does one do with the snakes?????

  • Mark56Mark56 Berkshire, UKPosts: 1,393

    A hedgehog out in the middle of day is in trouble & needs to be taken to a local rescue asap Ne1lmadle. This thread post is from 2012.. 

  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Better starting a new thread as this one is 5 years old.

    Whereabouts in the country are you? I don't think you need to worry too much about the snakes - I assume they are grass snakes. They do eat fish, plus other prey such as frogs and toads, but they don't eat a very large amount - a fairly small number of prey items will keep them going a whole year. Goldfish are capable of breeding at such a rate that the odd one taken by a snake isn't going to make much a dent in their numbers - nothing compared to the amount a heron can eat.

    Grass snakes in any case are not doing terribly well, so it's good where they can survive in gardens. Please be very careful with netting (especially the flexible strawberry net type) which can very easily kill snakes (and other wildlife such as birds and hedgehogs).

    Individual snakes will have a home range and will have a poor survival rate if relocated elsewhere, so moving them isn't a good idea.

  • Ne1lmadleNe1lmadle Posts: 5

    Thanks for your advice. I live in the South Hams  South Devon. I have no intention of trying to move the snakes on but it's just a bit unnerving for my wife and grandchildren. Looking on line they look more like adders one quite large 2' x 1" wide and another much smaller. Will they ham us or the children ? That's my worry. Neil

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