Do snakes get in your pool?

southernmumApril 14, 2008

We're in the process of getting a pool and live in TN. I have a creek in my back yard and also live on a mountain, thus lots of woods, etc. I'm deathly afraid of snakes. When searching here at the forum on pool colors, I came across this post:

"Logansmum~do you have snakes and frogs in your area? Would a black liner make it harder to see if you are swimming with any of these critters?

We have woods and a creek behind us and often get snakes (some Cottonmouths)in the pool. I always check the skimmer before getting in the pool, also. "

Eeeeek!!! Although this does sound logical, I really need to know how often this sort of thing happens. I just wouldn't do well (AT ALL!) if I found a snake in my pool!

Tell me like it is, before I sign away with one of these pool builders that I'm talking to!


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It's going to depend on the snake population in your area and the weather; but unfortunately if you're backing up to woods and a creek I'd say you can fully expect to get a snake (and other "visitors") in your pool now and then. In particular when things get hot and dry critters go on the prowl for new water sources. They don't seem to understand that our pools are off-limits, to them it's just a big watering hole, LOL! I've heard it's worse with beach entries because that makes access into the pool very easy for creatures great and small.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 3:17PM
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Hmmm, just think of all the great answers we could put here that have nothing to do with helping this person with their post......

1. Only when my lawyer friends come over for a bbq. da da dum!
2. Not any longer now the the job is finished. da da dum!
3. Not since the divorce is final. da da dum!

PS, no snakes here in So Cal pools. Just opossums and skunks.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 6:39PM
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What other kind of visitors -- frogs, bugs? I hope that's all! Well, if it's inevitable, will I at least be able to see something in the pool before swimming? I mean once you check the skimmer and visually inspect the pool, are there any other places they could be hiding? I would truly DIE if a snake swam up to me or my kids. Now I'm wondering if I'm cut out to have a pool! (sigh)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 6:40PM
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Thanks, Repair Guy, for making me laugh -- snake worries and all! :)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 6:47PM
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In the last three months, I've had three dead rats in the pool and one time a Lizard that almost looked like a snake. Rats can spread lot of diseases. Do I need to treat the water with something, if a dead rat is there? I tried searching on the web and one guy was recommending draining the pool!! Is that necessary? I also see lots of small Black flies (really small), especially in the corners of the pool (I am in SO cal and have a Grecian style pool). I am assuming they are normal and not a health hazard unless you guys tell me differently. The water is getting good circulation as I run teh pumps for 8 hours every day (2 at high speed and 6 at low speed)


    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 7:01PM
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mum -
How about a screen enclosure? That should keep the critters out - snakes and other varmints anyway. I still get lizards in mine, tho...

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 8:10PM
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Hum, I was just thinking, thats why us Floridians install bird cages around our pools. Though we have lived here 2 years and had 2 small black snakes in the pool. We get lizards and tiny frog too:) I guess everyone needs to look before they leap!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 11:40PM
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We're in Texas and right on a lake, so far we've had a frog, which drove the dog insane, lots of spiders and too many leaves. Several of our neighbors have found snakes and one even found a tarantula. I think I'd be done with the pool forever at that point.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 10:02AM
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We don't have many critters around our place, but in the couple of months the pool has been running I've dumped probably a thousand june bugs out of the skimmers (no joke!) and nearly as many may flies. Luckily both are seasonal, so that has tapered off a lot in the last week.

Quote: "What other kind of visitors -- frogs, bugs?"

Yes, definitely. I pulled a small frog out of a skimmer, a baby rat and as mentioned above LOTS of bugs including a few spiders. I will say the skimmers are doing a fantastic job, there's rarely anything floating on the water.

Quote: "Rats can spread lot of diseases. Do I need to treat the water with something, if a dead rat is there?"

No, if your chemical balance is in check then all is fine. If you get it out alive, or intact within a day or so of it dying, you don't have anything to worry about. It's no different than a small puppy or kitten going for a swim in your pool. If a small critter dies and is stuck in the pool for an extended period at the worst you might have to shock the pool. But more likely you'd just need to bump up the chlorine. If you are not testing for free chlorine (FC) and combined chlorine (CC), then you need to get a better test kit. Whenever something happens to the pool that is abnormal (dead critter, heavy bather load, something gets washed in, algae blooms, etc.) then you want to check the CC level. Presence of CC indicates the pool is fighting something and a shock may be required to bring the CC back down.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 11:10AM
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I live in Texas also, and my yard backs up to a green space. I've fished two dead rabbits out of the skimmer and a few toads, but no snakes so far, although I've found a couple in my yard. I've had one good sized frog living in my pool off and on for the past few weeks. He doesn't bother me as he can get out on his own, and I figure he's eating lots of other bugs in the yard, and besides, I canÂt catch him (too fast). My neighbor got some sort of snake repellant/killer that he spreads along the back edge of his yard. I think he got it from a local exterminator. You could check with your local exterminator for something like that to keep snakes out of your yard (whether you have a pool or not).

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 11:11AM
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Sorry, that should have been "combined chloramines" in my above post rather than "combined chlorine".

If anyone needs a great drop-based test kit, see the link below. This kit comes highly recommended through the TroubleFreePool forums. It is a very accurate and easy to use kit with excellent instructions.

Here is a link that might be useful: TF 100

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 11:25AM
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In 25 yrs plus .... I've had .... deer, rats, lizards, gophers, and rattle snakes in my pool at one time or other. Ain't country livin' great!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 12:46PM
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We live in Middle Tennessee and the only animals found in our pool were 3 moles. We dont live near woods, but we do live in an area where new houses are being built. No snakes yet

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 1:01PM
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We are in the midlands of SC. We have had our pool since 2005 and since then we have had many frogs,lizards,mice, and moles, but only one snake. The problem is I don't like them any more than you do Southernmum! I was cleaning out the skimmers one afternoon and opened one up and saw a lot of pine straw in the top of the basket. Not seeing anything else, I reached in and grabbed a handful only to find that the straw was alive!!! I just about freaked. I dropped the handful of straw and out slithered a juvenile Scarlet King snake. I freaked again because these snakes are very similar in appearance to a Coral snake. Yikes! Lesson learned. I know have a metal hook that use to lift the lid and to pull out the basket. Also no more nights in the hot tub or pool with no lights on. I have to be able to see if there are any undesireables in the pool.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 3:07PM
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