I have a spring fed pond on my property in which I have never seen a snake or a gator, just fish turtles. I guess it's because the water is quite fresh and gators naturally like murky, mucky water. There is, however, a pond very close to my property line in a meadow which is a different story. It backs up on a swampy area and during mating season it's not unusual to see a gator there. Now my animals are pretty smart and I've never had a problem with them going down there ..........up until now.
I have one little dynamo, Molly, a Jack rat terrier, who is in to everything. And she is nosy and I have to stay on top of things with her. Fence, barbed wire, you name it, Molly will figure out a way to get through it without a scratch. My neighbor has reported that the gator has been back recently so I have to figure this one out. But there is one strong point about Molly, she is wicked smart and quick, so I guess I'll just try to keep her in sight at all times.
I truly love this little scamp and all of her antics and she keeps things lively around here. And another thing, the little visitors from the woods that come calling from time to time stay clear when they know Molly is around.
Molly is another of the animal stars in my new book, Honey, We Shoulda' Bought The Ark, now available from Amazon. Check it out, the direct link to my author page is: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478701064
Animals, truly special gifts of joy given us by a gracious and loving God. Care for them and love them. It's what He expects us to do.