Article Text

Study finds emerging fungal pathogen among European snake populations

Statistics from

A NEW fungal disease has been found in Europe's wild snakes, according to an international collaborative study, led by conservation charity ZSL.

Snake fungal disease (SFD) – caused by the fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola – can lead to signs including skin lesions, scabs and crusty scales and, in some cases, can contribute to the death of the infected animal.

SFD was first recognised in wild snakes in eastern North America around 10 years ago. However, an analysis of samples …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.