I was in the Upper Garden where I'm not easily seen from the road when a truck pulling a small trailer stopped on the roadside just outside my tree line. I went on with what I was doing when I heard rustling in the leaves. I drove my little truck down where I could see the man and asked if anything was wrong. "Oh, No Ma'am, I'm all right," he said.
"Is that a snake you have?" I asked.
"Is it a rattlesnake? I wondered. "No, Ma'am, just a black snake," he said.
"What were you going to do with him?"
"Put him in a pen."
"That's the third black snake this week that's happened to bad luck here, " I said. "Somebody killed two this week."
"Yes, Ma'am, I killed a rattlesnake at your driveway about 3 years ago."
"You can run off all the rattlesnakes, copperheads and other pit vipers you want, but black snakes and rat snakes are our friends," I said. "I saw a Corn snake or Scarlet Snake here the other day in my flower bed."
"Yes, Ma'am." He let the snake go.
In Georgia it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in
jail to possess or kill many of nongame wildlife species, including non-venomous
snakes (O.C.G.A. §27-1-28).