Friday, 23 September 2016

Goldfish pond news

Jaws has returned. I keep calling him a 'HE', as he is awfully aggressive! Today, Friday, it is about 12 C., and pouring rain. (Yahoo!) I think the weather has turned. This past week, however, JAWS returned. With the cold, he will disappear into his hibernacula, his winter den. 

We've gone from 17 frogs to 9. The numbers ebb and flow. We have totally sustainable numbers, lots of frogs. 
The goldfish are indoors. I realized that I couldn't sustain the 27 babies, and put back 12 into the pond. That leaves 15 in the fish tank, plus the 9 adults, in the 60-gallon tank.
Despite having about 20+ goldfish, Jaws doesn't seem to go after them. It is curious.



This little leopard frog lost his foot to Jaws earlier in the season.


Then, the garter snake turned up! Annie found her. I moved her back into the forest, away from the cats. Dorah loves bringing snakes indoors. It is about 60 cm (24") long and a hefty brute.



Jaws from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Jaws, the waternake, is back! He took off the foot of one leopard frog this season. We still have 7 frogs in the goldfish pond.

10 comments:

Summer said...

Cute critters☺ Poor little guy lost his foot! Have a great weekend ♥

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Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
According to www.watersnake.net the snakes over 18" are more likely to move to frogs and and 'larger animals', so I guess your little fishy-wigs are safe. For now. Was that two snakes I spotted at start of video??? I reckon you could charge admission, with all the wild things at your place!!! YAM xx

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

No, Yam, just a close-up of Jaws. I keep trying to photograph his tongue, but fail! I'm so slow.
I wondered about his size and food sources! Thx.!

William Kendall said...

That's quite a snake!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow -- I watched the video -- that snake is aggressive alright. Poor frogs and fish. There's a whole world of activity going on in that pond. Neat.

Kay said...

I thought at first that Jaws was a snapping turtle.

Anvilcloud said...

Interesting video. Sort of creepy, but that's life ... or death.

Hilary said...

So many interesting critters out your way... even if that includes snakes... ;)

Powell River Books said...

Jaws is an apt name. An interesting colouration. - Margy

Jans Funny Farm said...

Does Jaws live there or slither in from elsewhere?