Originally Posted by limbkiller
A big stick is all you need to kill a snake. Never understood the snake gun mentality of people. Unless it's a poisonous snake why kill it? Pick up a stick walk up to it and give it a good whack. That is all there is to it. 1/2 of there body length is all any snake can strike and most less. A 4' rattler strikes 2' so what is the problem?
The aforementioned 42" inch rattler can strike almost 2 feet. I'd rather buy a .410 then take my chances with a trip to the hospital. One avoided hospital trip, and the gun has paid for itself. That's my mentality when it comes to snake guns.
I would never kill a Gardner/other non poisonous snake. After I'm sure it's just a Gardner snake I usually just leave them alone.