From the Aussie Pythons and Snakes website, where "Straddle Ranger" posted this comment:
I am the one who found the snake. I manage all the Campgrounds on South Stradbroke Island off the coast of the Gold Coast and arranged for it to be transported to the mainland by the Coast Guard, and for the RSPCA animal ambulance to transport it to Curumbin Wildlife Hospital. The poor snake was in an awful way, and it looked like he/she was slithering around blind. We could not do anything else but help the poor thing. Of course we have had the horrible comments that a shovel would have been the best thing for it, because to some people if it is not covered in fur, and in their opinion warm and fuzzy, it does not deserve help. Fortunately we don't all feel that way about our scaly friends, and I'd rather this little fellow, than an epidemic of the rat & mouse population. I have spoken to the hospital, and they are doing blood work, to see if there is any other underlying conditions. Apparently there was a combination of paralysis ticks and brown bush ticks and there were well over 100 of them.If you really want to see a photo of the myriad of removed ticks in an emesis basin, click here. Followup: the snake is now in foster care and will be released back into the wild.
Fascinating. I for one did not know that ticks attacked non-mammalian species.