The snake - an eastern brown - had been hiding in a house in Helensvale, Queensland for at least six months. When the family, with two young children and a pet dog, found out, they decided to do something about the deadly serpent.
"We heard from the neighbours that the previous owner had seen it a few times least year, but was never able to capture it," the mother told Yahoo7.
The family reached out to a snake expert and decided to smash their backyard to get rid of the unwanted resident.
"It was a case of this has to be caught one way or another... so when hubby got home from his game of golf, he was asked (by his wife) if he could jack-hammer up the footpath," Tony Harrison of Gold Coast Snake Catcher told 9News.
The snake was identified as a 1.3-metre-long female eastern brown snake. It was safely captured and re-located.
According to Yahoo 7, the family is now planning to cover the backyard with some gravel so no more snakes can settle there. Click for more trending news