By Tom Barnes
UK extension wildlife specialist
Many people fear snakes, but despite the fright they can cause, the majority of snakes are beneficial. Of the 33 varieties of snakes in Kentucky, only four are venomous (Northern copperhead, Western cottonmouth [water moccasin], timber rattlesnake, and pygmy rattlesnake). Most snakes you encounter around your home are harmless.
If you are scared of them, try to remember that they are useful-they keep the rodent population in check by eating mice, rats, chipmunks and even toads, insects and other pests.