R Ranson wrote:Okay guys, before we advocate killing cats and risk upsetting more people, I've asked our Mother Tree to have a look at this thread. We seem to have gotten away from the original topic which was...
ANy in general comments about the northern fence lizard and gardening? How about dealing with dense growth, snakes and 2 year olds?
Is there a way we can help the original poster with her problem without picking on felix?
echo minarosa wrote:Domestic cats a.k.a. house cats are fantastic animals...in the house. Introduced in ridiculous numbers outside, they are deadly killers creating staggering numbers of dead native wildlife. I don't blame the cats...in part. They didn't ask to be in their position. Humans engineered it. I love love love cats as animals.
Casie Becker wrote:Our cats don't like to walk on the wood mulch in our garden beds. This is some pretty coarse stuff, which leaves enough room for many smaller snakes and lizards to actually hide within them. This is another one of those areas where it helps not to make things to smooth.
Willy Walker wrote:wood forest for a garden oasis. It consists a few hugelkultur beds, raised beds, terraced beds and will make use of in ground planting in a few years. South Eastern facing slope. I see a northern fence lizards every day, multiple actually. I have seen a few black snakes. I would like to think my cats would enjoy the area, getting away from the dogs, enjoying the plants and munching on some bugs.
I am concerned about depleting the lizards. They seem like the ultimate garden friend. bug patrol like crazy. ...
Of course the ultimate answer is to observe but I would like to not mess up and knock out the balance.
I would think that my lizard and snake hotels (hugelbeds) will become less desirable as they melt into a moist soil mound. ?
ANy in general comments about the northern fence lizard and gardening?
roberta mccanse wrote:Wishing for more reptiles to help me deal with the ground squirrels that would devastate everything I grow if they could reach it, I consulted a niece who is a herpetologist. She recommended rock piles and water, which I have provided. Still I see few snakes, none of which are large enough to eat a ground squirrel. (Snakes here are not venomous and no small children visit my garden.)