I generally remove, rather than kill, snakes in the yard, even rattlers.
But this gopher snake that got itself stuck– braided– into the plastic anti- bird mesh in the garden yesterday tested my patience. Cutting a hot writhing largish snake which is trying to bite you out of plastic mesh with a nail scissors, using hands that only shake with PD tremors when called upon to do something intricate, is no fun at all, especially when said snake is hell- bet on two things: biting and going forward so as to enmesh himself more firmly. But we both survived. Photo by Libby who had no desire to do anything other than laugh at us and shoot the pics.
I am ready for frost.