How Do You Keep Snakes Out of Your Garden Ponds?

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    Last spring a snake got in my pond and ate all my goldfish. Two different snakes two different days. Can someone tell me how to keep them out? I'm setting my pond back up for a Koi I got as a birthday gift.
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    go to one of the farm feed stores...i saw some kind of snake rid in a box there.
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    I was told to place moth balls around your pond. I would make sure there was no way of them getting into your water. When growing up my mother would have moth balls scattered around our home. She said it kept snakes away. I think this would be worth a try
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    I'm planning on trying the moth balls as soon as the rain stops. I know I have to keep them away from my pond so I thought about a 4 foot circle around it might be the right distance away from it. Thank you all for your help.
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    what if mothball accident fell in pond?
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    If I'm not next to my pond they shouldn't fall in the pond. I will not put any with in 4 foot of my pond due to the fact rain will wash the moth balls into the ground.
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    I would make sure that they could in no way get into the pond. Put them in a nylon stocking and place a rock or something on top of them.
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    My pond is in the middle of 2 acers if I put the moth balls around the edge of the 2 acers there is no way they will get in my pond. I have made sure of that.
    By the way Happy Valentine's Day everybody.
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    I had a snake take up residency in my fish pond once. He lived there for years. He became like a pet, kinda like the fish themselves. I named him Marty. He mighta ate a fish or two but there were so many fish in there that he kept the population level. I was beholding to him for that. The fish were comets.

    Marty liked to rest on top of the lily pads. He liked to sunbathe. But he couldn't get his whole body on the pads without part of him underwater. So I built him a bridge. And he used it. He liked to rest on the decorations on the bridge, particularly a frog statue. He had a sense of humor too. He'd rest with his head between the eyes of the frog statue. Here's a pic:

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    This is the exact snakes I kept having in my pond last year. I have not found any efficient way of keeping them out. The moth balls are merely a mild deterrent. Once they know there is a food source there, they don't mind sliding right over the moth balls. Also these are only good if you have no other animals. I have dogs and cats and these are toxic to them also. I had two of these snakes last year and they ate all but 3 of my fish. And the fish were pretty big. I also have lots of ribbon snakes every year, but these are too small to eat my fish, so I don't mind these. The only thing I have found that works is my poodle, she loves chasing and killing the snakes. She thinks it is a game. I never like killing anything that is not poisonous, but when they are eating my fish then I don't care if she goes after them. She usually gets them within a couple of days, but I do lose fish by then. Sorry I have no good answer.
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    A fake owl?
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    If you put down the mothballs while they are not active, they will be driven out of your basement. For some reason this does not work with poison snakes like rattlers, but does get rid of the non-poison type.
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    I have heard that powdered fox urine can scare snakes away, and says she uses it to keep snakes away. I don't know how effective this is because she may not have hardly any snakes living around her house anyways. An easy way to do it is to just simply capture the snake and put it in a box and transport it to a new habitat similar to its old one. Catch him and move him to a lake or pond nearby.
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    If snakes are anything like raccoons, they will laugh at the moth balls. We have raccoons in our attic and somebody suggested we put moth balls up there. So we did and the next day it sounded like the raccoons were playing a game of ping pong. lol. They were batting them around and playing with them. Snakes may be different though.

    I heard that Boy Scouts put a rope around their camp to keep snakes out of their tents. They say the snakes won't slither over a rope because it irritates their bellies.
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    Wow snakes are something we don't have to deal with here in England but I guess they can be a real problem.

    How big do they get as Marty looks kind of cute and quite small so I think the Koi would give him a run for his money!!

    Could a snake be the answer to 'The Fish All Gone' thread athough I would find it hard to believe they like the cold weather!
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    Nothing to do with snakes,,
    Years ago i lived on the farm and had chickens, one dog i had liked to eat them ,So [ they ] said , Tie the chicken around his neck and that will break him.. He carried it around and ate it like i packed his lunch.
    It stopped when the chickens were all gone
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    Thanks about Marty. :banghead3: I only had little comets in my pond. They were just the right size for Marty. But the only time I ever saw Marty eat a fish was when I ran the hose through the pond to flush it out. The water would overflow and some of the comets would swim over the side where Marty was waiting for them. I never saw Marty trying to eat them in the pond itself.
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    Btw, the water is well water. Please don't use city water to flush out your ponds.
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    To keep snakes out of your pond I would have a stick and trash bag :biggrin:
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