A NEWCASTLE family is spending the day inside after a large eastern brown snake took up residency at their front door.
Anita Johnson was inside her Stockton home with her two sons, aged 5 and 1, when she heard the snake banging at the door on Wednesday morning.
“It was banging its head on the door,” she said. “It was striking at the door.”
Mrs Johnson said she heard a magpie squawking and some banging and initially expected the bird was hitting the door.
“But it wasn’t the magpie, it was the snake,” she said.
“I am not worried, it can’t get in, but it was aggressive.”
She said her one-year-old son was very frightened, while her older boy was a bit excited and wanted to look up the type of snake in his book.
A Newcastle snake catcher said it appeared to be an eastern brown, one of the world’s most venomous, which are usually between 1.1 and 1.8 metres, but can grow to more than 2 metres.