Yes, go away, far, far away. When Mac went to turn the hose on to water his garden yesterday evening he noticed something leaf colored against the white drain pipe by the faucet. Because he knows snakes are always a possibility he cautiously looked closer and sure enough it was a copperhead snake. They're venomous, but according to what I've read not usually deadly (notice the not usually). It wasn't very big, but it scared the heck out of me. He shot it with our bee-bee gun and then threw it into the woods. Today he chopped down all the weeds around the house. I know we have to live with snakes, any place with woods and water are going to have snakes, but I can't stand the thought of them, particularly poisonous ones, near the house.