I put the minnow basket in the pond yesterday evening in hopes of snagging a few small minnows/fish for the duck. When I pulled it out today I at first thought I'd caught a snake, but quickly realized that wasn't the case. Now I'm not quite sure WHAT it is...maybe an eel? It's about 8 inches long and slightly bigger around than a quarter. It looks like it has two tiny front legs, but I think those could possibly be fins. If so, they are the only fins on the thing. There are no other apendages. It's smooth/slimy looking with no noticeable scales and is a brownish grey color. I couldn't see any gills, but read that eels absorb oxygen through their skin. Maybe tomorrow I can get a picture of it when I pull up the minnow basket to show my hubby. Darn thing was flipping around so much there was no way I was going to open the minnow basket and put it in a bucket. Freaked me out! What do you think it is?