I am not -- repeat *not* -- fond of snakes. However, I do see their place in the ecosystem. They serve an important function. Therefore, I do understand why many people who live in the country do not mind having a king snake on their property. They generally are shy snakes, shun human contact and do a bang-up job of keeping undesirables under control.
The rhyme in my part of the country is "Red on black, pat him on the back," meaning a red and black stripe next to each other means you're dealing with a king snake, not a coral snake.