Living in a rural area, I appreciate the fact that the snakes seem to have kept the rat/mouse population under control. Had a cotton mouth, unknown to me, living in my shop for a while & never had a rat problem. When I discovered him & carried him down to the woods, found the skeleton of a rat under the crate which he'd called home. Now, I wished I'd left him there as the rats have started making nests in the drawers with my tools! With traps & poison, I may have gotten rid of the because haven't seen signs just lately, but would have been easier to just let the snake do it.
I love snakes but would never keep one as a pet (let alone name one Courtney, but I digress) I do everything I can to help them prosper. One bittersweet moment a few months ago I saw a large gopher snake in the road and I waited until it had moved off, but about 20 minutes later the resident hawk had picked it up and was flying off with it. I love the hawks and the snakes. Sometimes they come up against each other.
Caught a California King snake the other day and brought it home. Hope he doesn't become hawk food.