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Stitch the Baby Carpet Python   - 7th March 2013

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Stitch the Baby Carpet Python

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 20g

Found: Stuck on the netting of a fly screen door at a home in Narangba.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a local resident.

Veterinary Assessment: Stitch appeared to be bright despite the fact the python had been stuck in a sticky fly screen mesh!

Treatment: Dr Claude gave Stitch a bath to remove the stickiness, and administered fluids and pain relief to assist the snake with a speedy recovery.

Outcome: Stitch is currently in our Reptiles Intensive Care Unit. The python will need to shed its skin before we release it back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: Juvenile carpet pythons shed their skin far more regularly than adults due to the fact they are growing. While an adult carpet python will shed their skin three to four times per year, juveniles will shed every six to eight weeks!



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