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bonehead wrote: In my small molded garden pond, I keep goldfish, frogs come on their own, and the occasional snake slithers through. My last batch of fish was entering its 3rd season with no fatalities, but about a week ago something ate half of them. They are only 15 cents apiece at the feed store, so not a huge investment, and some are quite beautiful.
We also have a large in-stream farm pond in our lower field which has all sorts of native wildlife - fish, clams, ducks, heron, eagles, kingfishers, blackbirds, tons of frogs, and even an occasional river otter family. We unfortunately also have beavers, which do no end of damage and flooding, but it's a perfect habitat for them so we try to coexist... I'm sure we have other mammals as well (deer, coons, possums, squirrels), but I don't ever see them, likely because there is acres of woods behind the pond for protection. We regularly hear the coyotes and owls, and occasionally spot them.