Need Some Pond Advice Involving Snakes and Frogs

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Re: Need Some Pond Advice Involving Snakes and Frogs

Post by CitizenZ » Sat May 17, 2014 8:36 pm

Alligators.
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Re: Need Some Pond Advice Involving Snakes and Frogs

Post by Tater Raider » Sat May 17, 2014 10:34 pm

CitizenZ wrote:Alligators.
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Re: Need Some Pond Advice Involving Snakes and Frogs

Post by CitizenZ » Sun May 18, 2014 3:32 pm

They'll eat the frogs, snakes, birds, coyotes and intruders. Just give them a heat source when its cold.
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Re: Need Some Pond Advice Involving Snakes and Frogs

Post by Zimmy » Sun May 18, 2014 10:03 pm

scurvy wrote:just an idea.... go out fishing and bring home a few large mouth bass and dump em in the pond. they wont hurt the plants, they'll eat the frogs, and your snakes... and if you want them gone: throw out a worm and bobber.
This.

Bass are a good part of a balanced aquatic ecosystem. They are the most active predator in a pond by population.
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Re: Need Some Pond Advice Involving Snakes and Frogs

Post by raptor » Mon May 19, 2014 11:05 am

The alligator would without a doubt be the apex predator in the pond. There are alligators in nearby bayous so it would not be an invasive species. That said I think the gator would be a little too close to the pointy end of apex for me to introduce them. :wink:

An update.

It is interesting but something has been taking advantage of the population boom in frogs because the number of frogs has dwindled and with the exception of the resident water snake I have not seen any more snakes. I have noticed that the water snake is fatter as are the adult frogs. So I assume all have been taking advantage of the frog buffet.

That and the nearby drainage ditches now have a higher frog population. Interesting. The area near the pond is normally dry but with the recent deluges the area has become saturated and I guess the surviving juvenile frogs are using these routes to escape.

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Re: Need Some Pond Advice Involving Snakes and Frogs

Post by procyon » Wed May 21, 2014 12:05 am

@omega man
Wasn't recommending ducks to control frogs. Raptor just said his lady wanted to put geese on the pond.
(And I don't think there are any 'domestic' mergansers either. I doubt you could pay people to eat one...)
Just trying to give him the pro/con of the various water birds he might get.
Geese can be mean. Ducks can be messy. Both will (probably) like to eat the pretty plants.
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