News 11 january — 18:25

Python covered with more than 500 ticks rescued in Australia

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Snake catchers in Australia have rescued a carpet python which was found covered in hundreds of ticks, BBC reports.

The reptile, which was believed to be ill and was coated in the parasites, was lying in a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

A professional handler removed the snake and took it for treatment at a wildlife clinic.

Vets removed more than 500 ticks, snake catcher Tony Harrison told the BBC, and it is expected to recover.

Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catchers worker Mr Harrison said he believed the snake, which has been given the name Nike, had been trying to drown the ticks in the pool.

"Obviously, [the snake] was extremely uncomfortable," he said.

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