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Pond Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles

Last Updated: 9/5/08

A juvenile great blue heron on our roof on 10/15/00 which overlooks my ponds. He/she did not get any fish because the ponds were netted, and the heron was skittish. See my experiences with herons for more information about this heron.

Mammals, birds, and reptiles - friends and foes of your pond

Mammals - now on their own page

Birds - now in their own directory

Reptiles

On this page:

Deterring Wildlife from Harming the Pond

Attracting Wildlife to the Pond

Books

For information on wildlife including web sites and habitats, see my wildlife page.

See my July 2005 newsletter for a short section on how to try to determine which predator got your fish.

I am currently working on a new birds directory and then will do animals and most of these pages will be expanded and redone over the next 2 to 4 months.

Note, 10/19/07: I am in the process of moving this page to the animals directory. This page has not been reviewed (read), divided, updated, links checked, etc. as of yet so there may be errors.


Deterring Wildlife from Harming the Pond

Aside from outright killing the animals (which I oppose), below are listed some of the methods for deterring wildlife from visiting your ponds to eat your prized fish and lilies.


Attracting Wildlife to the Pond

To attract wildlife to the pond, do the opposite of most of the advise above on deterring wildlife. Provide shallow areas; ramps in and out of the water; and lots of hiding places, plants, and rocks. Plant lots of vegetation in and around the pond. Put as many compatible species in the pond as is reasonable. Provide different habitats from tiny, fish-less ponds for amphibians to use to large ponds with fish; deep areas and shallow areas; sunny areas and shady areas. Also, add plants and animals that wildlife want to eat. "If you build it, they will come." Filling the pond and area around it with animals and plants that are native to your area will attract the greatest number of visitors. Local wildlife is adapted to local species for food, cover, etc. Information on creating wildlife habitats can be found on my wildlife page under web sites and wildlife habitats.


Books

These are the books that I own and that I used as references for this web page.

Familiar Reptiles & Amphibians of North America, National Audobon Society Pocket Guide, Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

Pond Life: A Guide to Common Plants and Animals of North American Ponds and Lakes by Dr. George K. Reid, Golden Press, 1967. A book chock full of information.

The Audubon Society Nature Guides: Wetlands by William A. Niering, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.


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