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    Unusual finds

    I'm curious - if you don't mind sharing, what is the most unusual thing you've ever found in you pool?

    I find that during some months in the summer the occassionally field mouse or small brid meets its demise in my skimmer baskets.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    Boy, I have a feeling this thread is going to make me so thankful that I have a screen eclosure!

    I'm sure it's not unusual at all; strangest thing I've found is a frog.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    I have had snakes, frogs, squirrels, and mice. In others though, cats, a deer. raccoon, salamanders, and several other animals. I have also fished out chairs, tables, flower pots, and a few cinder blocks.

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    Re: Unusual finds

    I found a squirrle swimming around in about a foot of water in our old easy set pool. It kept swimming around in circles trying to find a way out. I found an old 2x4 and lay it across the pool so the squirrle could climb out.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    A horse, fell through a auto cover, still alive. Lucky it was the shallow end.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    We had a stub-tailed squirrel in Louisiana that visited our bird and squirrel feeders... one day, Stumpy met his demise in our intex donut pool

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    Re: Unusual finds

    Quote Originally Posted by no-mas
    Boy, I have a feeling this thread is going to make me so thankful that I have a screen eclosure!

    I'm sure it's not unusual at all; strangest thing I've found is a frog.
    I am with no-mas, we love our screen enclosure however we found a snake when we started up our pool, must have gotten into the plumbing during installation....
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    I had not one, but two dead starlings in the same skimmer one morning.
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    Squirrels has been our biggest find
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    My parents in south Louisiana get turtles, snakes, frogs, crawfish and have had a few aligators in the past 30 years.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    I've had to fish out two armadillos, a bat, numerous snakes, pond turtles as big as dinner plates, toads, frogs, crayfish, a very young raccoon, numerous mice, and moles, and several birds. We live very close to a wet land (used to be called a swamp) and one of the main feeder creeks runs just behind our pool fence so we get some critter in the pool almost every day.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    Live non-venomous snakes of all kinds, usually alive and swimming, usually juveniles. Also, copperheads, a few corals, drowned in skimmer, and two summers ago a juvenile rattlesnake, drowned in skimmer. For some reason the venomous snakes seem to drown more quickly than the non.

    Last summer, when pool was drained for acid washing, an adult emerald green, with yellow belly, non-venomous, snake, 36", got into pool and baked in the 100+ morning temp/sun. It was noon before I found it at the drain where there was a bit of water. I thought I knew all of the snake types out here, and see at least one live snake every day. I had never seen this kind of snake before. I tried to identify it but I nothing I've found has helped me put a name to it.

    We've never had any birds drown although we feed hundreds. No squirrels or other larger critters. Occasional rats and mice that I rescue if they haven't drowned, a dead mole and a couple of dead, rotten, rats one winter that I used a leaf catcher cover, frogs and toads too. I check the skimmer every morning and rescue anything living.

    One winter, when we had a leak, pool was lowered and no pump running. Next spring we had thousands of tadpoles and left them to mature, with hundreds of frogs, before repairing pool.

    BTW... every year we have at least on or two squirrels with damaged tails. Last two with absent tails we named Nada and Stubby. Last year we had one with broken tail, but still attached. In the fall she fell from a tree and met her demise.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    ... an adult emerald green, with yellow belly, non-venomous, snake, 36", got into pool and baked in the 100+ morning temp/sun. It was noon before I found it at the drain where there was a bit of water. I thought I knew all of the snake types out here, and see at least one live snake every day. I had never seen this kind of snake before. I tried to identify it but I nothing I've found has helped me put a name to it.....
    Try "Rough Green Snake" in google images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee32903
    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    ... an adult emerald green, with yellow belly, non-venomous, snake, 36", got into pool and baked in the 100+ morning temp/sun. It was noon before I found it at the drain where there was a bit of water. I thought I knew all of the snake types out here, and see at least one live snake every day. I had never seen this kind of snake before. I tried to identify it but I nothing I've found has helped me put a name to it.....
    Try "Rough Green Snake" in google images.
    Thanks, similar color/scaling, a bit darker, closer to emerald, but diameter of snake was over 1" most of body, and pretty large head. The width of the "rough green" in pictures would be newly born or hatched of this particular snake. I have pictures I'll post. I do think the color may have been affected a bit by "cooking".

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    Re: Unusual finds

    I have found baby toads, and three snakes. Two snakes decided that swimming into the main drain while the filter was running was a good idea. The third I managed to extract. All this with a screen enclosure. I now have a cat that prowls the patio/pool area. I don't expect to see more cratures in the pool.
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    Re: Unusual finds

    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    Quote Originally Posted by lee32903
    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    ... an adult emerald green, with yellow belly, non-venomous, snake, 36", got into pool and baked in the 100+ morning temp/sun. It was noon before I found it at the drain where there was a bit of water. I thought I knew all of the snake types out here, and see at least one live snake every day. I had never seen this kind of snake before. I tried to identify it but I nothing I've found has helped me put a name to it.....
    Try "Rough Green Snake" in google images.
    Thanks, similar color/scaling, a bit darker, closer to emerald, but diameter of snake was over 1" most of body, and pretty large head. The width of the "rough green" in pictures would be newly born or hatched of this particular snake. I have pictures I'll post. I do think the color may have been affected a bit by "cooking".
    gg=alice
    I made a mistake. Acid washed pool in 2008.

    Pics of two different snakes. First is the emerald green snake. The color was more vivid than what shows in picture. DH hand with exam glove on.

    Second snake is adult. When the pool was drained there were several newborns of this in water in drain. I hand picked them out. They started biting immediately. Feisty little buggers.

    Last picture is "bucket o copperheads". This is from a little over one weeks collection, most right up at house, furthest away 20 ft, from our nightly "copperhead runs". Count the heads.














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    Re: Unusual finds

    Yikes I dont think I would want these critters swimming with me. I am very happy we have a pool enclosure
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    Re: Unusual finds

    This is what I usually find in pool, although not too awfully unusual.

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    Re: Unusual finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Brentr
    Yikes I dont think I would want these critters swimming with me. I am very happy we have a pool enclosure
    DH would never permit me to spend the money on an enclosure unless we won a big lottery. We've had several copperheads in the house and the first month we moved in a juvenile Rattlesnake cooling off smack dab in the middle of the dining room. It's wild out here. Our explosion of frogs, when the pool became "frog pond", made for a HUGE explosion in Copperheads, too. We just have to be really careful, lots of lighting, flashlights, headlights, and no barefoot except on decks, and bring the younger dogs in at dusk to avoid so many snake bites. After so much time you get used to taking precautions for all critters, warm and cold "blooded".

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    Re: Unusual finds

    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    Quote Originally Posted by lee32903
    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    ... an adult emerald green, with yellow belly, non-venomous, snake, 36", got into pool and baked in the 100+ morning temp/sun. It was noon before I found it at the drain where there was a bit of water. I thought I knew all of the snake types out here, and see at least one live snake every day. I had never seen this kind of snake before. I tried to identify it but I nothing I've found has helped me put a name to it.....
    Try "Rough Green Snake" in google images.
    Thanks, similar color/scaling, a bit darker, closer to emerald, but diameter of snake was over 1" most of body, and pretty large head. The width of the "rough green" in pictures would be newly born or hatched of this particular snake. I have pictures I'll post. I do think the color may have been affected a bit by "cooking".

    gg=alice
    Maybe an Eastern Yellow Belly Racer?

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