Snake catcher's horror call-out in Australia

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2019

Just have a look at this guy.

He said removing the tick-laden snake had felt like "holding a bag of marbles that were moving under my hands".

Snake catchers in Australia have rescued a carpet python which was found covered in hundreds of ticks. In the end, 511 paralysis ticks were pulled from the animal.

Mr Harrison then shared a video on his Facebook page and informed his followers about the freakish discovery.

"If something happens to them the parasites get the better of them".

He added: "I've done this for 26 years and this is the worst I've ever seen".

A Currumbin Wildlife Hospital spokeswoman told the ABC that Nike was still in their care.

After seeing the photos on the internet people cringed but the good news now is that the python after the treatment got rid of the ticks, IANS reported.

The carpet python had been soaking in a pool at a Coolangatta home when the pair arrived, and they believe it was trying to drown the parasites.

Vets removed 513 ticks but they think Nike will make a full recovery.

Mr Harrison then wrote an update on the page.

He said: "There are still tiny young ones under the scales that will be treated with drugs to kill them".

However the presence of such a large amount of ticks indicated that the snake was likely to have an underlying illness, he said, possibly be due to heat stress or drought conditions.

They also replied to another person that "snakes deal with it better" compared with other animals, but said on Thursday the ticks could have killed the python if it wasn't discovered.

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. "Toni Turner got it at 513".

"Oh my God, that is disgusting", Harrison's wife said in the video.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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