A carpet python found in a Gold Coast pool with more than 500 ticks attached to its body was trying to drown them, a snake catcher says.
Tony Harrison from Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher was called out to retrieve the reptile from a property at Coolangatta on Thursday afternoon.
The python, which has since been named Nike, was taken to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for treatment.
On Friday morning a Currumbin Wildlife Hospital spokeswoman said the python was still in their care.
"We can't help but wonder if the snake is already sick or old … they have lower immune response to parasites, so you do tend to find a lot of ticks on sick animals," Professor Barker said.