Reptiles of the La
Never kill a snake found near your home for any reason. Many snakes are beneficial, eating rodents that damage crops and spread disease (such as Lyme's disease), still others our protected by law and harming them can result in stiff penalties! All snakes, even venomous species, are harmless if left alone and helpless to defend themselves against humans. To kill a snake is a sign of ignorance, fear, and cruelty.