|FISH, WILDLIFE AND POND ANIMALS
|We put tilapia in our pond in 2009 to eat the duckweed. Here's Sarah with a
nice string of them.
We've also stocked the pond with catfish and bream.
|The pond snakes like tilapia, too! We have both poisonous and non-poisonous
water snakes.... and, yes, we often go on evening "snake hunts" to thin the snaky
population. We don't stock the pond to feed snakes!
|Tilapia are good because even though they're a non-native species, they
cannot survive a winter in our area, so they cannot threaten native fish.
They eat the duckweed, reproduce like rabbits, and grow into a nice sized
|It's not uncommon to find a mother turtle digging a nest for her eggs. They
eat the fish, too, but I don't have the same animosity for them that I have
for the snakes.
|One of the more unusual animals from the pond: a leech.
(That Sarah had to keep for a few days in an aquarium.)
|We're so blessed to live on a farm surrounded by nature....until I find a baby
snake that the cats have brought into the house!
On the positive, everyday for Sarah is a science lesson of some kind.
|This 5 lb. catfish appeared to have been bitten by a
snake, so we caught it to photograph. (2014)