Frank's thread about finding a snake made me realize that I have seen only one snake in the eighteen years that I've been in Maine. I know we have snakes in Maine, although no venomous ones, ordinarily, but I haven't come across any, other than that one. For the more than twenty years that I was in Texas, I saw only one snake. Hearing my neighbor's daughter screaming, I went to help and found a rattlesnake coiled up by their front door. She was home alone, with a friend her age, so I ran it off using a cane, and then killed it. I was just going to run it off because I didn't really want to kill it. However, the girl was only eleven or twelve and was home alone with a friend the same age, and I didn't want to find later that it had come back and bitten one of them. When I was in California, I lived on the grounds of a horse stable near Corona for a year or two and would see a lot of rattlesnakes while I was there. Overall though, I am not seeing many snakes. Are there fewer snakes today or is it because I am no longer a kid, overturning logs and rocks and stuff? We didn't have any venomous ones in Michigan but I would see snakes a lot when I was a kid. I am not overly afraid of snakes. They're kind of creepy when there are a lot of them but, on a one-to-one basis, snakes are okay. When I was a kid, my cousins and I went into the barn of a vacant house, where there were a lot of very old bales of hay. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I realized there were pine snakes everywhere. They were slithering on the floor, in and on the bales of hay, and hanging from the rafters. That was creepy.