Anyone can answer (of course), but I'm curious what people who "wouldn't hurt a fly" would do.
I had an Eastern Diamondback coiled around a flower pot right next to my front door. My fiancee nearly kicked it/stepped on it before we knew it was there. I spent a half hour chasing it through the azalea bushes down the length of the house and managed to chop off its head with a shovel. Then I drank bourbon. It was a beautiful snake, tan with reddish-brown diamonds, between five and six feet long, and I felt kind of bad about killing it, especially since it was relatively well-behaved.
What I did was very dangerous. Trying to trap it would have been much more dangerous because I have no experience. It takes 20-30 minutes to get to the hospital from here, and I put the odds of that hospital having anti-venom at 50-50. It's another two hours (by car) to a hospital that I know has anti-venom. Letting it go free, knowing that it likes being near the house, was out of the question by my way of thinking. I have never successfully convinced Animal Control to even come get a stray dog or litter of kittens, and I've heard that they won't deal with anything other than cats and dogs, so calling them was out of the question (my tax dollars at work).
I have since had a baby Diamondback on the railing of my back deck (yes, they're born with a full load of venom), and the neighbors have reported pigmy rattlers and water moccasins. My question is, with pigmy rattlers, cottonmouths and that baby's siblings around, what am I supposed to do? I don't like killing them; I just can't think of any other way to ensure that I don't lose a dog, a limb, or worse. Would you do the same?