I've had black snakes, garter snakes and worm snakes visit my pond area, never actually seen any in the pond. I wouldn't be surprised if they have taken a fish or frog from time to time. Mostly see them in the spring, they come to bask on the rocks and warm up. One year I had garter snakes doing their breeding thing out on the rocks, pretty neat. The worm snakes live in and around the rocks year-round. I can flip over a few rocks and find one or two almost any time I want.
she lived close to a river and 3 times the first summer she had to have water moccasins removed from the pond....one would take up residence and eat all her fish.....she would have a neighbor come over...pull it out...then shoot it.....
I don't understand why people find it neccesary to kill snakes. Why not just drive it to a wild area and let it go? I've come across some poisionous snakes in my fishing trips (local, water moccasins, Western MD, rattlesnakes, timber rattlers I think). You leave them alone, they leave you alone. If you have someone willing and skilled enough to pull it out of the pond without getting bitten, it shouldn't be that hard to put it in a trash can or something secure, then drive it outta town and release it.
I'm sorry if this sounds harsh or judgemental, but I have strongly held opinions on these matters. We are squeezing out all kinds of wildlife and random killing like that bothers me. Water moccasins are not too common up my way, are there so many in South Eastern NC that they are considered a hazard, or vermin? If that's the case I'd understand killng them, otherwise, I don't get it.
NewFishGuy, I apologize if I offended you in any way. It's just my opinion, I could be wrong.