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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 …