KW, leave the poor buggers alone! I grew up in Malone, nothing for venomous snakes up there that will bite you. But crap, here in the Carolina's we've got water mocassins, rattlers, and other venomous varieties that I forget. No interest in finding out, either, but I do recognize the non-venomous ones. I have only encountered one black snake while mowing, and that was in grass that had grown to well over knee high. My poor 21 was crying.