First let me make it absolutely clear, that under no circumstances should anyone try to interpret this as a sport or recreational activity. All snakes (poisonous or not) are living and breathing creatures, with just as much right to exist as anyone else. So it is always best to avoid killing of snakes. As they have their own justified place in nature... Snakes are solidarity loving creatures, they don't really want to mess with you, if you too don't go poking around their habitat. Trouble unfortunately starts when either the snake unknowingly invades into our gardens. Or more likely, we arrogantly encroach into their natural habitats, (which humanity really shouldn't). But regardless of who is to blame for it, this post is about what to do - When you come face to face with a poisonous snake in your home. And everything becomes a fight for your own survival. Since my area only has poisonous snakes, here is what I was taught in my childhood, (following a bad experience) - If I ever came face to face with a poisonous snake while alone. Always place a few solid wooden club in several different places in and outside your home, (steel pipes are preferred over wooden clubs). Fat yet flexible cane or bamboo sicks are great too. Rule number one for kids is to get to safety and quickly seek help from an adult. However if that is not possible - Then grab that long stick or steel rod, and hit the snake in the middle of it's body (with as much force as possible). Idea is to break or very badly injure the snake's back! Snakes can move very fast, and are unbelievably flexible. So where with other creatures it would make sense to attack their head first - 90% of the times you are likely to miss a head strike when it comes to snakes... All poisonous snakes have a diamond shaped head because of the venom sacks behind their jaw. This also gives them excellent stereoscopic vision. So if you try to hit their head and miss (which is very likely to happen) - You now have a very angry snake in front of you, who will not hesitate to kill you... So never try to hit their head first. Always strike with a pole in the middle of their bodies. Since they have a long body, the likelihood of a good solid strike is very high. Seriously injuring or breaking their back also has an advantage of disabling their ability to stand up and jump at you. So now (after the strike) they just twist and curl around in the same spot - At which point you now don't waste anymore time, and either rain down repeated heavy blows on the snake with that stick. Or now you can safely smash it's head, (because now it can't jump at you). This way even if you miss a head strike, the snake is too badly injured to jump at you. Of course, if you have a good aim with something like a slingshot. Then by all means, use it! As the more distance there is between you and the snake - The better! My own preferred method is 12 gage bird shot ammunition fired from a fast repeater shotgun. However this basic method of using a stick or a steel pipe - Everyone must learn. Because as I had said so before, you need to place several of these sticks or steel rods in different areas in and outside your home, (for quick access). This is something which you can't do with a high quality prized competition shotgun rifle... So remember to first break or very badly injure it's back, (so it can't jump at you or raise it's head to bite). After which crush the head - Never attack their head first. As you are very likely to miss. After which the snake will immediately become steaming mad! And after you are sure the snake is dead. Either smash it's head with a big rock or a heavy brick. Or sever the head completely and burry it. Yes burry it. Because even after death, snakes can still give you a fatal bite. As they are cold-blooded creatures. So their reflexes might still kick in, for as long as 20 minutes after death. Never forget this... I had written a lot more, but accidentally closed the wrong tab of the browser while editing, (so over 2 hours of writing wasted). But I will rewrite about those subjects in the comments of this thread.