Australian Snake Catcher Captures Tick Infested Python With Over 500 Ticks On It


Working as a snake catcher in Australia, you never know what you could find yourself face-to-face with next. But a tick infested python is pretty shocking, even for the land down under.

Officials working with a snake catching organization rescued a carpet python from a swimming pool in a Queensland resident’s backyard last week, BBC reported.

The snake, which was dubbed Nike, was found coated with over 500 ticks and treated by vets for a “nasty infection.”

“[The infection] may have caused his immobility, allowing the ticks to take advantage of him,” the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital stated online:

“Thank you for all your well wishes regarding Nike the ‘tick python’, who made international news. Nike was saved from a certain death by Tony and Brooke from Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher after being found in a swimming pool covered in ticks.

Our hospital staff removed 511 ticks from Nike, which left him very unwell with anaemia. Nike also has a nasty infection which may have caused his immobility, allowing the ticks to take advantage of him.

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In case you didn’t catch that, hospital workers removed a total of 511 ticks from the python!

Nike isn’t quite out of the woods just yet as he deals with anaemia, but the hospital remains optimistic he will make a full recovery and be released back into the wild.

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