The carpet python maintained this position for most of the first day before changing to fully coiled (see story below).
The carpet python maintained this position for most of the first day before changing to fully coiled (see story below).

Snakes are 'ticked' off by the heat, too

EARLY one morning during this week's hot weather, the birds that come regularly to one of our bird baths were complaining about something.

We couldn't see a snake but later found a 1.3m carpet python almost submerged in one of the baths.

That was probably what the birds were making a noise about, but why was the snake there?

 

 

... fully coiled.
... fully coiled.

We have often seen snakes swimming in the dams but this one looked a bit unwell and had a number of cattle ticks on its head.

Snakes often pick these up and do not seem to be too bothered.

 

TICK MAGNET: The ticks on this carpet python do not seem to bother it too much.
TICK MAGNET: The ticks on this carpet python do not seem to bother it too much.

The carpet python stayed in the water for more than 36 hours, changing position as per the photographs on this page.

A couple of reasons come to mind: the first being that although snakes rely on ambient temperature it can still get too hot for them and this one may have been cooling off a bit.

The other reason could be that it was getting ready to shed and wanted to soften the skin to possibly make that operation easier.

We don't know, but we have not seen it since to see if it has shed.

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