Ten most dramatic snake encounters in recent local history
WHEN your area has some of the most poisonous snakes in the world, you expect a few dramas - however, pythons seem to be just as good at snakey havoc as the browns.
Here is a list of 10 of what we think must be the most intense snake moments in recent Northern Rivers history. Can you top them? Let us know in the comments section below.
March 2014: Huge python swallows dog in its kennel at Caniaba. The snake has to go to a vet for supervision in case it needs the dog's chain surgically removed.
May 2014: It turned out the kids were right, there really is a monster under the bed - much to the delight of four-year-old Autumn Maynard who found a 3m-long python trying to hibernate under hers.
January 2013: Richmond Hill mum Tess Guthrie wakes in the small hours to find a python coiling around the right arm of her two-year-old daughter Zara. Both Zara and the snake survived the encounter unharmed.
September 2012: A woman trying to sell her home at Byron Bay, just as a real estate agent is taking some prospective buyers through the house, is attacked by a magpie and then, when she tries to get away on her bicycle, runs over a brown snake which bites her. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for the bite and a dislocated shoulder, suffered when she fell from the bike.
February 7, 2015: A South Grafton woman is chased from her backyard by a 2m-long brown snake.
July 2014: A Toonumbar man goes to drive to work only to discover a giant python has chosen his dashboard as its preferred winter hibernation location.
October 2011: There are calls to put up warning signs at Byron Bay's Main Beach carpark, where brown snakes have become so common along the grass strip next to the pool, one resident describes it as a "death trap".
January 2010: A Lismore U12 cricket carnival goes awry when a whip snake turns up to join the crowd watching the game. One of the cricketers' dads tries to move the snake but is bitten on the finger and has to go to hospital.
September 2013: A Clarence Valley snake catcher has to spend an hour convincing a 3m-long python, weighing an impressive 8kg, to get out of a 4WD it had taken a liking for.
October 2012: A trip into Lismore to buy supplies turned into an unwelcome adventure when a Dunoon man discovered he'd picked up a hitch-hiker - a large red-bellied black snake. The snake was a fairly unobtrusive passenger, riding quietly under the car from the farmers market at the showground to the Lismore CBD before it was spotted and picked up by some WIRES volunteers.