It was in the ditch in my yard. I was off work yesterday so I was finally cleaning up my own yard. I was weed eating a ditch that runs along the side of my yard. The ditch is about 3' deep with a little water in the bottom. I'd cut it once before this season, and sprayed with broadleaf control. I was cutting in front of where I was walking and the trimmer line hit the snake before I even saw it. The line must have knocked it senseless. I thrashed it some more with the trimmer. Then fished it out of the water with a stick. Looking around for something to kill it I saw the edge of a brick sticking out of the ground. I laid it's head over the brick and stomped it off. It really gave me the willies! It was about 30" long and had a muscular triangular shaped body that was very tapered at each end. It was brown. They say they don't come this far north. But I have a dead one in my back yard! I trimmed the rest of the ditch and scared up another snake. It was swimming upstream in the water! Swam right by me! It got away. It didn't look like a moccasin though. I thought I saw stripes down it back. I hate trimming that ditch! But from now on it'll be trimmed regularly! If it wasn't my own yard I'd never take the job!