A SOUTH Grafton woman driven out of her backyard by a savage two-metre snake is warning parents, the elderly and pet owners to be wary.
The woman, who does not want to be identified because she and neighbours were forced to kill the snake, said the creature was first spotted crossing Rushforth Rd heading for homes in the area near Bob Liddiard Park.
"One of my neighbours spotted it when he was driving down Rushforth Rd and rang his home to alert his son to it," the woman said.
"When I first spotted it, it was heading straight for my cat, which was sleeping in the garden."
The snake then disappeared into some leaf litter.
"We raked around in it for a while, then the snake came out straight at us from somewhere else.
"It hunted us out of the backyard onto the road. It was so vicious we had to defend ourselves and kill it.
"We didn't want to do it. I normally love snakes. I would think nothing of having a carpet snake in the roof to keep the rats down."
The woman said she had experience with snakes and has never seen one so vicious.
"It was raising up and striking at us. It just kept coming straight for us," she said.
"Normally I would have just caught it and taken it back down across the paddocks away from the houses but this one was just too aggro."
The woman said she heard there had been a number of snake bites in the area in the last month.
"Someone told me a couple of kids had been bitten and later my husband was up at the hospital and he heard there had been a number of snake bites treated at the hospital in the past few weeks," she said.
The woman said she found it hard to identify the snake.
"It had a small head, like a king brown, but its body was much thicker, more like a carpet snake," she said.
"It almost looked like its head had been stuck on another snake's body."
She said a small child or elderly person would not have escaped from the snake.
"It would have got a child easy and if an older person was gardening they wouldn't have been able to get up before it was onto them," she said.
A spokeswoman from North New South Wales Local Health District confirmed Grafton Base Hospital had treated five people for snake bite since Christmas Day.
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