Today was one of those days when I was real tired and run down. So around 3PM I look out the back window and see one of my outside babies, Miss Sugars, a sweet little girl that stays outside by her choice, close to the house. But what caused my heart to jump was the large snake coiled right in front of her! I grab my .22 Single Action revolver and out the door I go at a pretty good pace for an old man with a bad heart.... I call out to my little girl to get out of the way, and shot this snake twice in the head with .22LR shotshell loads. It's still moving, and I mean still very much alive and pissed off! The cat is clear, and the last three rounds that followed were .22L CB loads. Basically reduced velocity loads, but still I hit this thing three times in the head with solid rounds before it died! This snake was a cottonmouth, and for those that don't know, it's an aggressive poisonous snake that is not one that folks wanna play with. They're nasty things that can kill ya! I've seen them chase people down trails and such. This nasty S.O.B. was 4 feet long and was less than 10 feet from my house and in plain sight. I don't know what it was after, but I know that next time I'll forgo the puny .22 and get the heavy artillery! Now who would want a nice kitty like this go get bit by one of those ugly nasty evil snakes? And I HATE snakes too! I'll shoot on sight any snake that comes into view, but cottonmouths? They're gonna get blasted bigtime! I'll use my .44Mag next time (and I hope there's no next time, but you see one, expect another) And I didn't need that spike in the blood pressure with this either! Took me twenty full minutes to calm down... Damn snakes! Guess the scorpions will be inside after me and my inside babies next! "Girls, keep a sharp lookout for varmints! Pop will be ready."