I know that snakes eat bugs out of the garden and they can be beneficial. But I would rather deal with the bugs than a snake. So I took a shovel and ended his life. Mean and cruel? Probably, but this is my garden and I did not want a snake taking up residence. I would have worried every time I go out there about running into him. We live in quite an urban area and while yes we have deer, a mole, and crazy crickets, I never thought I would encounter a snake. My skin is crawling just typing this.