Good thread, I'll have to take the time to read the entire thing and not just flip through for herp pics.
When I was younger I was way into reptiles, and as such constructed numerous snake sticks and lizard nooses. I've never run into a dangerous situation in the wild with snakes, except that one time a cotton mouth decided it would be a cool idea to rush my canoe (paddle harder, the sea serpent bears down on us!). In home though, I've run into them several times. Twice in my old place which backed up to a creek I had to extradite baby copperheads (each was around 12"). I used one of my sticks, broom, a five gallon bucket and a piece of plywood. I tried to jostle it into the bucket with the broom. It struck broom numerous times, so I said screw it, pinned it, and deposited it in the bucket. I was wearing heavy suede gloves, but I have know idea what snakes of that size can puncture (I have no doubts a full sized critter would go right through it). I was also working on the theory that little snake burned all of his venom on the broom. The second snake (found maybe a month later) had the good courtesy of just slithering right into the bucket when asked. Both where deposited in an unused portion of a park near a pond. It's probably unused because all the cane growing along the pond was snake and skeeter paradise and no one ever felt like cutting it
At a state park over Thanksgiving, my extended family was having the annual gathering at one of the CCC constructed buildings. A buzzed aunt opened the bottom of the oven to find a small rattler curled up in what looked like the leftovers of a mouse house. She of course decided to grab for it, I stopped her, she protested that she saw Jack Hannah do it all the time, another family member escorted her away, and I just carried the entire oven drawer out and deposited it in the woods.
Poor little bugger, had himself a comfy little hidey hole and got evicted so close to Christmas! Also, proof alcohol and the Animal Channel probably cause the most snake bites.
Thank goodness I always watched PBS.
Yeah, I'm probably also pretty dumb for grabbing wild-ass venomous snakes, but in each instance I believe the risk factor to have been low enough to make a positive outcome (for the snake) worthwhile. Most of my fellow Texicans usually introduce ALL snakes to their shovels, which is stupid. Who else is going to keep the mouse and rat count down?
Haven't seen any snakes at my new digs, probably because of the over-abundance of roadrunners. But we do have a lot of frogs that see fit to procreate in our saltwater pool
We usually scoop the eggs out, put them in a unoccupied fish tank and release when legged.