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Carpet python riddled with 500 ticks slinks into pool 'to try and drown them'

Carpet python riddled with 500 ticks slinks into pool 'to try and drown them'

A carpet python found in a Gold Coast pool with more than 500 ticks attached to its body was trying to drown them, a snake catcher says.

Tony Harrison from Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher was called out to retrieve the reptile from a property at Coolangatta on Thursday afternoon.

The python, which has since been named Nike, was taken to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for treatment.

On Friday morning a Currumbin Wildlife Hospital spokeswoman said the python was still in their care.

"We can't help but wonder if the snake is already sick or old … they have lower immune response to parasites, so you do tend to find a lot of ticks on sick animals," Professor Barker said.

Source: www.abc.net.au

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