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Snake catcher removes string worm from a deadly reptile after spotting tiny white bumps on its skin 

Unsettling moment snake catcher removes string worm from a deadly reptile after spotting tiny white bumps on its skin

  • The snake catcher saw white bumps on the snake and knew it had string worms
  • With a needle, expert Samuel Hunt pried the gooey worm from the snake’s skin
  • Mr Hunt said the worms usually happily co-exist with mammals and reptiles 

Video footage of a massive string worm being removed from a snake has emerged on social media.

The worms were spotted when snake catcher Samuel Hunt from Fraser Coast Snake Catchers in Queensland noticed small white lumps on the reptile’s skin.

The footage showed Mr Hunt using a needle to lightly pierce the skin of the lesser black whip snake.

After lifting one of the bumps with the needle, he uses his fingers pry out the rubbery white worm from the snake’s skin.

The worms were spotted when snake catcher Samuel Hunt from Fraser Coast Snake Catchers in Queensland noticed small white lumps on the reptile’s skin (pictured)

Mr Hunt told Daily Mail Australia snakes contract the variety of tapeworm from eating other animals.

‘They don’t generally cause the snake any major harm, as the snakes are a natural host in the worms life cycle,’ he explained.

‘In extreme cases where the snake is unwell and is covered in them, we will remove them to give the snake a better chance at recovery without having to support a parasite.’ 

‘They have evolved to develop a good host parasite relationship.’ 

The footage showed Mr Hunt using a needle to lightly pierce the skin of the lesser black whip snake (pictured)

The footage showed Mr Hunt using a needle to lightly pierce the skin of the lesser black whip snake (pictured)

After lifting one of the bumps with the needle, he uses his fingers pry out the rubbery white worm from the snake's skin (pictured)

After lifting one of the bumps with the needle, he uses his fingers pry out the rubbery white worm from the snake’s skin (pictured)

But people on social media had other thoughts.

 ‘Ewwww,’ commented one person.

 ‘Snake pimple,’ said another.

Someone else commented with three vomiting emojis.

But people on social media had other thoughts. Someone commented with three vomiting emojis

But people on social media had other thoughts. Someone commented with three vomiting emojis

Other social media users felt sorry for the reptile.

 ‘Is that all just one worm?’ asked one concerned user.

‘Yep, and a small one too!’ explained Mr Hunt, adding that he had previously removed worms significantly longer than the snakes they were in.

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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