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Posted: 20 Jul 2004 Topic: Help me with Grass Snake



Hi i'm sure i am going to upset some people now, but I have a lovely pond in my garden with several very young fish (as in this years hatchings) and a grass snake, is there any way i can discourage the snake from my pond? Also (and now I sound wimpy) i have such a phobia of snakes (yes i know they are not cold and clammy), that I feel i can no longer enjoy my garden with the snake there, I have 4 young children as well. I know that grass snakes are not dangerous, i have bought up in the country, I don't want to hurt it - just deter it.

Thanks for any help

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Posted: 20 Jul 2004 Topic: Help me with Grass Snake



I know it is silly to have such a phobia (especially when I know the snake is harmless), but it actually makes me feel physically sick to stand in my garden. As for you waiting for your first visit, i know just where there is a snake i'm sure would like your garden much better than mine! I don't have a compost heap and I have short grass, so the draw must be the pond, and unfortunatly i get too much enjoyment from it to fill it in, I suppose this is one way of overcoming my fear, having a visitor for the summer - just roll on hibernation- lol.

Thanks anyway




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Posted: 20 Jul 2004 Topic: Help me with Grass Snake



Just another daft question will it be here every year?


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Posted: 21 Jul 2004 Topic: Help me with Grass Snake



The good news is I have just seen the snake out of the water and it doesn't appear to be as big as I originally thought, bad news is I think it is living under my waterfall, as that is where it was heading, which on an overcast day like today, would be perhaps where it would take refuge, as it is sheltered and probably has some weeds under it - would that assumption be correct?

I did stand and watch it yesterday swimming in the pond thinking that the longer i stood there, the less aprehensive I would feel - it didn't really work.

I would like to thank you for your help, I really am trying to get through this , but finding it difficult, (not easy admitting that you are scared of something harmless - but then again they say everyone is scared of something)




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Posted: 21 Jul 2004 Topic: Unwanted Grass Snakes



can you please let me know if the snakes have gone - I have only one in my garden at the moment and I am scared stiff of it - please give me some good news


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Posted: 21 Jul 2004 Topic: Help me with Grass Snake



This snake has got me quite interested (doesn't mean I like it though) It spent all day yesterday in the pond and I have only seen it once today and that was heading into hiding. Am i right in thinking that snakes don't need to feed very often - so it possibly fed yesterday in the pond and thats why it hasnt been about much today or is it just that today was warm but overcast against yesterday's bright sunshine? Might aswell take the time to learn about it, if it is to stay here. ladychatterbox38189.81875


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Posted: 22 Jul 2004 Topic: Help me with Grass Snake



I have to admit I am more interested than I thought I would be, still scares me though, but I do find myself wandering out into the garden to see if it is there! (something I never thought I would do). The kids are also very interested and a little disappointed they haven't seen it for a couple of days.  Is there some really interesting child friendly facts that I can tell them about grass snakes - may as well not pass my phobia onto them! Like maximum length, eating habits apart from frogs - I have gathered that, hibernation times etc

Thanks

Sarah




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