Human stupidity never ceases to amaze me.
I'm lucky my parents weren't like that even with grass snakes or anything. If we were around they would actually point them out to us so we could see. We had a frog or toad that lived near the foundation of the house and we would see it once in a while, they even named it kermit!
The most my dad ever did was set up a humane trap to catch the mole that was eating through our garden. Unfortunately, the only thing he was able to catch were the neighbor's cats! LOL
Keeper of 5 snakes, leopard geckos, 1 green iguana, 20+ tarantulas, 2 dogs & a bunch of rats!