Not just bats and frogs: snake fungal disease hits U.S.

Not just bats and frogs: snake fungal disease hits U.S.
A fungal outbreak in the eastern  and Midwestern United States is infecting some populations of wild snakes. Snake  Fungal Disease (SFD), a fungal dermatitis consistently associated with the  fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, is showing recent spikes in occurrence  according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s  National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) and other diagnostic laboratories.

So far, the diseased snakes submitted by Wildlife Monitors to the NWHC are  attributed to wild populations from nine states, including Florida,  Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, and  Wisconsin.

Northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) with crusty and thickened scales overlaying raised blisters as a result of a fungal skin infection, captured from island in western Lake Erie, Ohio, in August 2009 (case 22747). Photograph by D.E. Green, USGS National Wildlife Health Center.
Northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) with crusty and  thickened scales overlaying raised blisters as a result of a fungal skin  infection, captured from island in western Lake Erie, Ohio, in August 2009 (case  22747). Photograph by D.E. Green, USGS National Wildlife Health Center.

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