Then when I was 5 and fishing with my mom for fresh fish dinner, there was this BIG cotton mouth snake that swam right for us (cotton mouths are aggressive snakes that aren't just protecting themselves). My mom screamed, threw down the pole and grabbed me and ran. Pretty impressive on a young girl.
I know we should be kind to all living creatures...and I am (I don't hunt down snakes) unless they come into my territory then I am protecting my family.
Case in point. When the snakes come in my home, they are in trouble. I have shot a snake that had eaten one of the pair of doves we had. I have supplied tools for killings snakes that were attacking my men in the house. The Hero a gun. The son, now that is a story, a two by four board.
All things considered don't you think I have a right to be very wary of snakes! Well, I do. ; )