Not to worry any snake killed on our property is one that is most likely just passing through the cats keep them worried away the dogs kill them one of my dogs got bit a while back we took him to the vet because he was bleeding badly had his shot against snake bite several months ago so about all that happened to him was he was swollen up really bad a few days he drug up one of the beasts the other day without a head know it wasn't the one I shot because bagged it a d shoved it in the dumpster. Don't see as many any more san they are becoming smaller Our first year here I killed nearly a dozen large ones a couple over 5 ft long but I went hunting them. the more we increase the cleared area by removing brush and mowing the fewer we see. If anybody has a problem with my eradication desires then they don't have a wife who can only se out of 1 eye all slithering things are fair game in my book. But try as I might I can't get her to carry a small shot gun. the little Rossi .410s are perfect they don't weigh anything and you can carry 4 rounds in the stock #9 shot does the trick and impossible to miss at a few feet away.