There's a small rattlesnake living under the shed next to our recycling bins, which means close to everything we do there. Close to the chicken feed, close to the stock tank garden, way too close to what we do everyday. And he is proving to be very hard to kill. He just lays under there and rattles whenever anybody comes around, then retreats back under the shed, which is only a couple of inches off the ground. Cant exactly stick the shotgun under the shed and blast away, although that is beginning to look like the only thing to do. A shovel doesnt even fit under there.
In the meantime, I am just grateful that he is nervous enough to keep rattling when we or the dogs get near. So much better than having one lie in wait quietly, waiting for you to get close enough to strike. Perish the thought.