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Tick-Covered Python Recovering Well After Parasites Removed By Vets

A carpet python that had been attacked by hundreds of ticks is recovering after being rescued from a Queensland pool.

The reptile, known as 'Nike', was found in a Coolangatta swimming pool on Thursday with 511 ticks attached to its body.

According to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, part of the reason the ticks had attached themselves to Nike was he had an infection which had caused him to become partly immobile.

Image: Facebook (Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher)

The snake is still recovering and is being treated by a carer from the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers.

In a Facebook post, the hospital said there are still concerns for his welfare.

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Image: Facebook (Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher)

"Nike isn't out of the woods yet, but we are hopeful he will make a full recovery and be released back into the wild in the coming months," Currumbin Wildlife Hospital said on its Facebook page.

The snake catcher who rescued Nike, Tony Harrison from Gold Coast Brisbane Snake Catcher, said Nike was trying to drown the parasites in the pool.

Image: Facebook (Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher)

He also said that in 26 years of snake catching, he had never seen an animal as badly afflicted by ticks.

Feature Image Facebook (Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation)

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