Do snakes eat fish?


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We got 2 goldfish for the pond and overnight 1 totally disappeared. The pond is in the garden and it's completely fenced in. Could possibly be aerial predator but then I was reading that garter snakes could possibly eat fish. Does anyone have any insight?
 
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Could be anything, really. Wildlife (and stray cats) that eat fish naturally will try to catch goldfish too. Even bullfrogs have eaten my fish. Just part of having a pond in my opinion and not anything to be too concerned about. I think its good as a pond owner to accept that fish will occasionally be taken. In most cases, if you have a deep enough pond with plants and places to hide, fish will have a good chance of avoiding danger. I think addy has had an issue with a watersnake recently taking a lot of her fish if I remember right, but that seems pretty uncommon with garden ponds otherwise.
 

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I think addy has had an issue with a watersnake recently taking a lot of her fish if I remember right, but that seems pretty uncommon with garden ponds otherwise.
We have removed 14 northern water snakes (trapped, released in a farm pond) , 4 last year 10 this year. Yes they eat fish. Before them we have garter snakes, rat snakes , copperhead (only seen one) and never lost enough or any fish to notice.

The water snakes have removed a lot of fish and frogs from the ponds.
 
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I've been putting a cage on top over night and when I'm not around and I just came out to check the pond and Saw this!!!

I couldn't catch it, it's a fast little thing.
 

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I've been putting a cage on top over night and when I'm not around and I just came out to check the pond and Saw this!!!

I couldn't catch it, it's a fast little thing.
utoh looks like my northern water snakes. Get a minnow trap, put in some shrimp, chicken whatever and wait. I have removed 14 of them.
 
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I have nothing against snakes but we had a total invasion of water snakes. Didn't kill them did a nice relocation to a big farm pond.
 
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They are aggressive if they feel threatened. When I just stood still no striking, make a move towards them and they strike. The caught ones did a lot of striking.
 
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