Snake Catcher Saves Python Found With 511 Ticks On Its Body
Wildlife experts called in to retrieve a carpet python that had slithered into a family's pool got more than they bargained for when they found the reptile covered in hundreds of paralysis ticks.
Tony Harrison, who has been working in the business for close to three decades, shared videos of the rescue on his Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher page on Facebook. He said he had never seen anything like it.
"I've done this for 26 years and this is the worst I've ever seen," Harrison said in the video.
The footage shows the python, nicknamed "Nike", covered in ticks along its entire body, with the largest of the deadly parasites covering its head.
In a video, Harrison explains to the resident who called in the rescue that the python had likely made its way into the pool to try and drown the ticks.
The snake-catcher took the python immediately to the nearby Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, where vets worked for hours to remove a staggering 511 ticks from its body.
"There are still tiny young ones under the scales that will be treated with drugs to kill them," Harrison said.
In footage shot from the rescue, the snake catcher explained reptiles have a higher resilience to ticks, but the creature could have died if it wasn't taken to the vet.
It comes just one week after the federal government vowed to fund $3 million for studies into reducing debilitating symptoms attributed to tick bites.
According to the government health department paralysis ticks are mostly found in moist and humid coastal areas and is most active especially after rain in high humidity.
Featured Image: Facebook (Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher)