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First documented case of snake fungal disease in a free-ranging wild snake in Louisiana

March 3, 2016

Snake fungal disease (SFD) is a recently documented mycotic disease characterized by scabs or crusty scales, subcutaneous nodules, abnormal molting, cloudiness of the eyes (not associated with molting), and localized thickening or crusting of the skin. SFD has been documented in many species in the Eastern and Midwestern United States within the last decade. SFD has proven lethal in many snakes, and the disease is recognized as an emerging threat to wild snake populations. Here, we describe the first documented case of SFD in Louisiana in a free-ranging wild snake.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title First documented case of snake fungal disease in a free-ranging wild snake in Louisiana
DOI 10.1656/058.015.0111
Authors Brad M. Glorioso, J. Hardin Waddle, David E. Green, Jeffrey M. Lorch
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Southeastern Naturalist
Series Number
Index ID 70168796
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center