One more story from my camping trip to the desert a couple of weeks ago. We were out trying to catch lizards and snakes if we could find them, and my friend started talking about how we probably wouldn't see any rattlesnakes because people tend to kill them when they see them.
"Which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it. A lot of people you talk to about it will say they know someone who's been bit or whose kid has been bit. Especially in the mid-west. But if you look into it, there are actually very few documented cases of snake bites in the U.S., and even fewer deaths."
Later that afternoon he said he was bummed out that he hadn't seen any rattlesnakes.
I facetiously said, "I'm glad they've all been killed off. I used to have six kids. Now I have three. Lost three to snake-bites. Do you have any idea how hard it is to bury a toddler?"
He answered, "It can't be that hard. I'd think about three or four shovelfuls ought to do the trick."