I used to live in Central Florida. There are poisonous snakes there on 6' centers. There are no snakes here in Hawaii. That has taken some getting used to. Even after nearly 15 years of hiking in the boonies here, I still get the heebie-jeebies walking through tall grass and bush. Old experiences hang on.
I had a coworker who is American Indian. We were talking about snakes when I lived in Florida. I told him every time i lifted something up, moved something in the yard, went fishing from a lake or river bank I would run into a poisonous snake (water moccasins are meaner than tiger spit). My coworker asked me what I did when I encountered a snake. I told him I killed every one I could. He said that that was the problem. He said the snakes know who I am and were taking my aggression personally. He told me that snakes were there first and I was the intruder. He told me if I left the snakes alone when I encountered them, and let them go on their way unharmed, they would leave me alone too. I would see fewer snakes if I let them be.
So I tried it and it worked. It took a while, but I definetly saw a decline in snake encounters (even before I moved to Hawaii).