I've had a few snakes. We caught them up in the Everglades when I worked there for a short while. All kinds of snakes. Yellow rats, 7' long, lots of water snakes and pygme rattlers. Lots of legless lizards there too, they were cool. I was in Baton Rouge, while attending L.S.U. and was looking for a ball python. This guy had one in the paper, I wound up not buying it from him, cause it wasn't that pretty of a snake. Anyway, the guy had a 14 and a half foot Burmese python. Now that thing was big. Weighed like 200lbs. You should have seen it slither around on his floor, it was crazy. He fed it rabbits. As for as snakes pooping on you, its a defense mechanism, and yes it is foul smelling! Jerry, I've had several different types of snakes try and steal fish off stringers while fishing, some cottonmouths, mostly water snakes though. Cottonmouths are vicious, don't accidentally step on one, they are unforgiving.
Been there pooped on, JP