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Python Found Covered With More Than 500 Ticks Treated for Anemia

first_img A snake found in a pool in Australia covered with more than 500 ticks is now being treated for anemia after veterinarians spent hours carefully extracting the blood-sucking pests from its body.The python, nicknamed “Nike,” was rescued from a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia last week, the BBC reported.Wildlife experts, who retrieved the animal, said the snake was “trying to drown” the ticks in the water. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Nike also has a nasty infection which may have caused his immobility, allowing the ticks to take advantage of him, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital said in a statement posted on Facebook.“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,” the wildlife hospital said.The python is now being cared for by Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers.More on Geek.com:Watch: Couple Finds Deadly Snake in Bedroom Air ConditionerTexas Man Finds More Than 30 Rattlesnakes Under ShedMore Than 100 Praying Mantises Hidden in Christmas Tree Infest Woman’s Home “Its whole face was swollen and blooming and it was completely overwhelmed by the ticks breeding on him,” Tony Harrison of the Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catchers told the BBC.Harrison also said the tick-covered snake felt like “holding a bag of marbles that were moving under my hands.”The python was taken to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for treatment, where it underwent testing and had 511 ticks removed from its body and face over several hours, according to ABC News Australia.Ticks can feed on an animal’s blood and cause anemia — a deficiency in red blood cells.last_img