Yesterday I leaned over the pond to adjust the water fountain as I always do, lost my footing and in a flash I hit the water creating a pond-sized tsunami that blanketed the flower bed. As I fought to regain my footing in the midst of lily pads, I spotted our resident water snake bolt like a rocket from the pond and quickly escape to safety across the yard. This was a moronic way to solve the snake problem but, hey, I think I scared it enough that it won’t be back.
This harmless 16” snake took up residence about a month ago. Very timid, it always would disappear into rocks when I approached and my glimpses were fleeting. But I saw enough to identify it as an Eastern Garter snake, a common snake in the area that can adapt to a variety of habitats including fish ponds. They mainly eat earthworms but will feed on amphibians and fish. I tried a variety of ways to catch it including nets, flushing it from the rocks with a hose, but it outfoxed me every time… until now.
I was relieved that mister gardener did not witness my humiliating misadventure but as I climbed from the pond, I noticed Big Bullfrog just watching me. Is that a grin on his face?
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester