08-23-2016, 05:17 PM
You learn to live with what's around you. They do get into homes, or at least livable areas (garages, porches, etc.). When I was little both my mom and grandma passed a coiled up cottonmouth a few times before it made a move and got noticed. I remember staring at it from our window while waiting for the snake guy to come get it.
Black racers and rat snakes (corn snakes, etc.) are way more common and not that bitey. Racers will usually try to get away as quickly as possible, but I've had some strike at my shoes. I imagine it gives them a toothache for days afterwards. Corn snakes have a variety of tempers, so I generally don't take my chances with them. They are not venomous, either, but the bites are still painful enough to avoid.
This is no different than the damned suicidal giant deer up north, or the locusts that Maryland has every dozen or so years (I moved up and thought the world was ending only to be told it was normal for giant red locust grasshopper creatures to invade the area then drop dead and become a crunchy accompaniment to my commute), or the deep ridiculous snowfalls that happen in some areas, or the ice storms that bend power lines and cause trees to touch their toes.
Oh and in case you are dwelling on the locust thing: