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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:32 pm Post subject: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 Hi,  
    i  have  a  garden  pond  of  about  1500L.  About  a  month  back  i  noticed  a  snake  in  it  and  promptly  called  the  forest  department  chap  to  have  it  removed  -  i  had  no  clue  about  the  type  of  snake  and  didn't  want  to  take  a  risk  -  the  chap  came  in  and  made  me  believe  that  it  was  a  indian  Krait  (but  i  later  figured  out  that  it  was  not).  For  the  last  few  days,  i've  been  noticing  a  snake  visiting  my  tank!  and  this  time  i  have  a  strong  feeling  that  it  is  a  checkered  keelback-its  probably  not  dangerous  to  us  but  my  fishes  are  disappearing  Sad  -  and  the  sight  of  a  snake  freaks  the  head  out  of  my  wife  (and  to  an  extent  myself!)  -i  want  to  make  sure  that  this  chap  stays  away  from  my  pond  -  any  suggestions?  
 
 My  ponds  configuration  
 Its  about  2  feet  deep  with  a  waterfall  at  one  end.  I've  got  the  following  plants  in  it
 1  lilly,  a  bunch  of  amazon  swords,  a  bunch  of  leafy  plants  (i  think  giant  mints)  a  whole  bunch  of  vals  and  sagitarias.
 
 The  current  inhabitants  are  
 a  bunch  of  rosy  barbs  
 a  bunch  of  albino  golds  
 a  few  molies  
 and  i  had  dropped  in  2  angels  who  had  out  grown  my  friends  tank  (this  was  a  temporary  arangement  -  but  both  of  these  chaps  are  gone  now).  
 
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 Jude.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:57 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 Call  some  experienced  snake-catcher  in  your  area  to  fix  whatever  reptile  it  is.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:01 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 There  was  an  article  about  trapping  snakes  in  pond....  Not  sure  where  I  came  by  it,  but  I  guess  it  was  on  aquarticles.com.  If  its  a  checkered,  it  will  be  nearly  impossible  to  catch  i  water.  How  big  is  your  pond?  Can  you  describe  the  snake  in  detail?  And  Kraits  won't  come  out  at  day  time.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:05 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 snake  in  pond........  Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:05 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 Got  the  link.
 
 http://aquarticles.com/articles/ponds/Lawler_Snakes_in_Pond.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:12 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 It  will  most  probably  be  a  chequered  keelback.  As  Humaid  said  its  difficult  to  catch  in  water.  Its  non-venomous.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:46 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 how  big  is  the  snake?  also,  i  have  kind  of  found  them  to  be  menacingly  interesting.
 in  my  native  place  we  also  found  the  "dhodwa  saanp".  i  guess  this  is  the  same  guy  or  may  be  harrera(the  "light  green  colored"  one.
 
 anyways,  get  a  plastic  snake(paint  it  damn  black)  and  put  it  to  the  place  where  it  comes.tie  this  plastic  snake  with  a  thread  for  extra  mobility.  freak  this  visitor  snake  out.  :grin:
 
 note:  if  it  comes  only  in  the  day  then  this  is  a  good  idea  else  if  it  comes  in  the  night  then  the  fun  will  be  lost.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:13 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 Put  some  powder  (forgot  the  name)  that's  used  to  keep  these  things  away  all  around  your  pond?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:36 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 make  a  phenyl  solution  in  a  bucket....  spray  it  near  the  pond  and  its  near  by   area  where  the  snake  might  be  present.....do  it  frequently....strong  smell  of  phenyl  solution  will  keep  all  kind  of  snakes  away....
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:09 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 As  far  as  I  remember,  carbolic  acid  was  the  recommended  antidote  for  snakes.  However,  make  sure  that  none  of  the  stuff  gets  into  your  pond.  This  might  be  tricky  if  it  rains.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:53 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 thanks  a  bunch  for  all  the  advice.  i  heard  about  the  phenyl  idea  -  i've  got  ourselves  some  non-perfumed  phenyl,  will  try  that  out  for  a  week  and  check.  This  fella  is  a  pretty  small  one  -here  is  a  picture  of  this  fella  
 
 
 I  inquired  about  the  powder,  but  that  i  was  told  is  pretty  poisonous  and  has  a  very  strong  smell  -  not  adviced  if  you  have  small  kids  (i  have  a  1  year  old  son).  
 The  minnow  trap  sounds  like  a  great  idea  -  will  try  to  make  one  and  give  that  a  shot  -  if  i  sight  him  again.
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:04 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 Hello  Jude,
 
 this  4  foot  long  little  fellow  was  hiding  under  my  cement  tanks  for  a  couple  of  weeks  until  the  time  we  decided  to  bring  him  out  of  his  burrow  with  a  little  friendly  help  from  the  snake  park.  Not  sure  if  its  true  but  a  few  of  my  duboisi  were  found  missing  during  this  time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:04 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 Folks,
 
 Jude  wanted  to  share  the  snake  snap  with  us.  Here  his  friend  is  feeding  on  a  black  skirt  tetra.
 
 
 
 It's  a  Checkered  Keelback.  Looks  awsome.  Stock  your  pond  with  tilapias  and  gambusias  and  make  sure  you  feed  it  well.  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:33 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 I  don't  think  its  easy  to  stop  them  coming.  A  pond  with  rocks  and  water  flowing,  tasty  fishes,  hmmmmm...  excellent  condition  for  them.  Even  if  you  get  a  snake  catcher  and  catch  this  guy,  soon,  there  will  be  more  visiting  your  pond.
 I  think,  you  will  have  to  think  about  getting  a  fence  around.  A  fence  with  tiny  gaps.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:58 pm Post subject: Re: A snake frequenting my pond! Reply with quote

 Venket,
 You  are  lucky  man..that  looks  like  a  Cobra
 
 Jude,
 Buy  a  bottle  of  Carbolic  acid  (it  usually  comes  as  crystals).  Crush  them  and  pour  water  to  dilute  it  (careful  not  to  spill  it  on  ourself  to  avoid  acid  burns).  Pour  the  contents  into  small  bottles  (usual  medicine  bottles  which  as  'bottlenecks').  Dig  about  2/3  inches  hole  in  the  ground  arond  the  pond  and  stick  the  bottles  in  them  with  only  the  'shoulder  and  above'  portion  of  the  bottle  sticking  out.  un  cap  the  bottles...the  scent  of  carbolic  acid  should  keep  the  snake  away.
 
 This  is  a  technique  we  used  to  (and  still)  employ  to  keep  snakes  away  from  our  houses.
 
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