Here, here, here.(or is it hear, hear, hear. With so any spelling police around one can't be too careful.) Anyway, on with my speech.
Leave the poor snakes alone. they have a tough enough life without you or any of us adding to it. Speaking of snakes, do you know the biggest killers of snakes; it's ants. If a poor snake makes the mistake of crossing over an ant hill the ants attack it by the thousands. Horrible way to go.
I am nice to actual snakes but I am nobodys friend when it comes to work. I want to get er done. Get outa the way or get run over.
A little note about my kindness to actual snakes--- I was retrofiting a foundation on a house when I uncovered a ball of several hundred garden snakes. I gently carried them in my bare hands to a safe place and set them up with a new hibernation spot. Another time I uncovered over 100 bats under a single roof ridge cap. I carried handfulls of them in my bare hands to a shaded spot under an eave and they all survived un hurt. I don't kill spiders either.