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Cutter the Carpet Python   - 2nd October 2017

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Cutter the Carpet Python

Age: Adult   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 3.05kgs

Found: Cutter was found on the ground in Gympie, Queensland with lacerations to his body.

Transported to: A member of the public noticed the injured snake and called the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit to seek expert help for the animal.

Veterinary Assessment: At the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Dr Danny examined the snake and confirmed that the multiple lacerations on Cutter's body were consistent with lace monitor bite wounds. The sharp teeth and claws of the large lizard had cut through the scales and injured the snake. Cutter also had a number of old wounds, suspectedly from a similar encounter.

Treatment: Dr Danny and his team took the time clean and suture each of the wounds along Cutter's body. Cutter was given a treatment of antibiotics and pain relief, before he was placed in a warm enclosure in the Reptiles Intensive Care Unit, to begin his recovery.

Outcome: Once Cutter's wounds have healed completely, he will be given the all clear to be released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: If you encounter a snake in the wild, please do not approach it. Instead, remain calm and back away slowly. If you suspect the snake is sick or injured, please call your local wildlife rescue team who are specially trained in handling reptiles, to transport the snake to a vet clinic for medical attention.



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