A snake which had more than 500 ticks removed from its body has been left very weak and suffering from anemia, vets in Australia say.
Snake catchers rescued the carpet python from a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland last week.
The snake, nicknamed Nike, was treated by vets for a “nasty infection.”
“[This] may have caused his immobility, allowing the ticks to take advantage of him,” the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital said in a statement posted online.
Ticks, in general, are opportunistic little bastards:
The hospital said it had also recently treated a joey koala which was found covered in more than 100 ticks.
The marsupial had been separated from its mother when it was rescued, said wildlife group Friends of the Koala.
The group said it believed the marsupial had attracted so many ticks because it was sitting on the ground, a possible sign that it was sick or injured.
It took two hours to scour the creatures off the koala.