Snake Found In A Man’s Pool Is Covered In More Than 500 Paralysis Ticks

According to an article by the New York Times, snakes are an abiding threat to soldiers, zookeepers reptile collectors, and ranch hands. They are especially a major cause of death and disability in rural areas, and more than 2 million people are bitten each year from snakes. Thankfully scientists are working every day to find a medication that neutralizes snake venom and that can be carried on the backpack by people who are more prone to this risk. However, today we have the case of a carpet python that was found covered in more than 500 paralysis ticks somewhere in Queensland on Thursday afternoon.

Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher/ Facebook

The story was shared by a Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher worker on the Facebook page. He claimed that a homeowner called him after he spotted a snake in their swimming pool.

Here’s a closer look:

Snake covered in paralysis ticks
Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher/ Facebook

Tony Harrison shared his terrifying experience on the local business’s Facebook on a live video and said:

What happens is, in Mother Nature animals can live in harmony with parasites both internal and external. If something happens to them the parasites get the better of them. He’s got hundreds of paralysis ticks on him. That’s why he’s in the water, he’s trying to drown them.

Snake covered in paralysis ticks
Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher/ Facebook

Morrison has done this job for several years but he said that he never saw something like this before:

I’ve done this for 26 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.

The python was nicknamed Nick and was later sent to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital where it took vets “hours” to remove the ticks. In the end, 511 paralysis ticks were taken off from the reptile.

Harrison believes that the snake will recover although he said:

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

Here’s the rescue video:

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Source: Businessinsider