I have lucked out...we have a creek that splits our property that the ducks LOVE. I have put up some fencing so they have a nice run of the creek, but can't wander off. I'm fine with them in the winter, but come Spring, I'm worried about water snakes. We do have poisonous snakes occasionally, and of course, they tend to be water snakes. Should I not let them play in the creek? or will they be smart enough to stay away from the snakes? I don't want to leave them in their other yard, which I think is beautiful by the way, and they should love it as much as the creek. Since they have gotten used to the creek, Lucky 'barks' at the gate until I let her out. Then she and Spike RUUUNNNNNNN to the creek and chatter away, happy as a pig in .... So should I keep them away, or take my chances with nature?