And it was harder then one might think. Past few mornings I went snake hunting.
I started out with a pump action shot gun. Nice blast radius. However, I spent more time loading the damn thing then shooting. There are THAT many snakes. I need ammo, not firepower. So I got my mini tommy. It's a little .22 auto that's made to look like a tommy gun, complete with drum that holds around 200 rounds. Had moment of epiphany, realizing I was using a bloody machine gun against snakes. Eat lead you dirty rats? Felt pang of guilt.
Went back into house and saw solution. Got actual combat sword out of cabinet. A fine Spanish sabre, good Toledo steel, nicely balanced, and sharp. It sang when swung through the air.
Snake? Swish. Beheaded cleanly and swiftly. No messy swiss cheese action. The .22 was not killing them fast enough, it caused them to writhe around in agony a bit. My conscious cleared and my farm suddenly became like Pol Pot's killing fields. Had a close call when killing reflexes almost made me kill a black whip snake, but he lived, unharmed.
Every day more snakes come. Still need solution of how to prevent problem in the first place. Numbers are thinning out a bit, or at least seem to be for the moment.