Originally Posted by Dearhunter
There is no shortage of snakes!! If you are going to have guest or kids on the farm, then kill the suckers whenever you see them. I only kill the venomous kind. Get a good pair of boots, plus some snake chaps that fit up to at least the knees. Carry a pistol with snake shot.
I live/hunt in rattlesnake central,and have done so since I was a child. I also deal with them everyday in the oilfield. I have never had any fear of venomous snakes,and rarely will they ever want to bite a human unless they are being messed with.
It's just as easy to catch and relocate them than it is to kill an animal that serves a very good service keeping rodent populations in check.
If you take away their food source and hiding spots ( Brush,undergrowth/Wood piles/Trash piles/etc) the snakes will move on to better area's.
I'm not trying to sound like a snake lover,but more people get bit/killed by man's best friend every year than by snakes. If you find a snake and leave it alone,it will vacate the area pretty fast.