Sydney - A snake that was found in a Queensland swimming pool covered in ticks is recovering in an animal hospital after having 511 ticks removed, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital reported on its Facebook account.
The carpet python was found in the backyard pool in Coolangatta on the Gold Coast and snake catcher Tony Harrison said the snake was trying to drown the ticks that covered its body.
The python was taken to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for treatment, where it underwent testing and had 511 ticks removed from its body over several hours.
On Facebook Monday the hospital thanked the many well wishes sent for the snake, who has been named Nike.
The hospital said the ticks had left Nike suffering from anaemia.