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    What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    So we've given the task of cleaning out the skimmer baskets to our daughters, ages 9 and 12, as a way for them to contribute to the maintenance of our new pool. Their first time did not go so well... besides the pollen/leaves/debris of a rainstorm, there were huge spiders, beetles, and a dead frog... not a big deal really, but I guess they really don't like seeing dead things...

    A how-to-clean-your-skimmer youtube video said that it's also possible to find dead rodents, snakes, etc... so just wondering what other things we should be prepared to find in these baskets??
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    I finally killed the black widow that has been hanging out in our skimmer throat last Sunday. The best thing ever in my pool was a water moccasin but, it wasn't in the skimmer so that doesn't count.
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    Lots of spiders, frogs, a dead fledgling bird and this:

    IMG_1232.jpg

    Also found this on one occasion. Looked like some critter had been for a dip and left a water trail after climbing up the ladder. I have no idea what it was...

    IMG_1489.jpg
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    I found a dead possum in my skimmer once. Glad I found it while I could still identify it.


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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    Ugh... I guess we may have to reconsider this task then. Our dog kills gekkos/lizards and chases squirrels/bunnies all the time, so it may be just a matter of time before we find something similar in our skimmers!
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    A dead mouse a few months ago.

    And peanut shells. Darn neighbor leaves them out and the squirrels and birds litter my yard with them.
    I find them in the gutters too.
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    Right around Easter, many years ago, we found a near-dead baby bunny in the skimmer. The air temperature was cold and the pool temp was VERY cold. I didnt think it would live through the night. The kids brought it in, warmed it up with fresh towels from the clothes dryer and fed it. They built a little 'home' for it and slept near it that night. It was really cute. The next day, it was fine and we set it free. Now, every Easter they talk about the little bunny
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    I usually have voles, frogs, and spiders.
    Found this guy last year. I thought the kids put a rock in the skimmer.
    I find one or two of these little guys each year.


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    Wow, glad the bunny survived! I guess all the critters don't have much of a chance to escape the suction power of the skimmers. Almost makes me want to check the skimmers daily...


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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    In the skimmer: 6" baby snake
    In the pool: two beavers frolicking at night.
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    A chupacabra!
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    This thread makes me really appreciate the fact that I have an above-ground pool. Worst thing I catch is wasps.
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    Two baby corn snakes.
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    Quote Originally Posted by chawkins99 View Post
    Lots of spiders, frogs, a dead fledgling bird and this:

    IMG_1232.jpg

    Also found this on one occasion. Looked like some critter had been for a dip and left a water trail after climbing up the ladder. I have no idea what it was...

    IMG_1489.jpg
    What is the white box and wire running to the pool?
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    Nothing more than some bugs. Lots of bugs (beattles, lady bugs) sometimes. One of my dog's furry toys was in there one time. Scared the you-know-what out of me. But I've heard horror stories. There are some things you can get to attach to your skimmer baskets to make them easier to pull out without having to stick you hand down in there. But I use skimmer socks on my baskets so they don't work for me. So I invested in this hook that I can use to pull the baskets out without my hands getting too close.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by chawkins99 View Post
    Lots of spiders, frogs, a dead fledgling bird and this:

    IMG_1232.jpg

    Also found this on one occasion. Looked like some critter had been for a dip and left a water trail after climbing up the ladder. I have no idea what it was...

    IMG_1489.jpg
    Now I'm going to have nightmares.
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    Our worst thus far was a smallish skunk. Needless to say, I smelled it long before I ever lifted the skimmer lid.
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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    I love these threads, it inevitably reminds me of the MLM "mostly liquid mouse" thread a while back. I'm pretty diligent about cleaning things out, but I hear my neighbor complaining about MLF "mostly liquid frogs" all the time. He doesn't call them that, but in my mind that's what I hear.

    The big frogs shoot out of the skimmer when I open it... gets me EVERY stinking time.
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    When we lived in Texas, a scorpion.

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    Re: What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    I check my skimmer, twice a day. So almost everything I find is still alive. I love to just walk around the pool and admire the water. It's not like it takes that long and I love the idea of rescuing things when I can.
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    What's the worst thing you've found in your skimmer baskets?

    Just found one of my annual salamanders in the bottom of the pool. They always come out of the woods and into the pool after a good rain.


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