Fungal disease kills snakes in gruesome fashion

In addition to the white nose fungus in bats and the chytrid fungus in amphibians, there’s a fungal infection now damaging snake populations in the United States. The condition, simply called snake fungal disease, causes a variety of symptoms in its victims including damage to the scales and skin, inflammation, clouding of the eyes, pneumonialike symptoms, and often death. In one report, the fungus killed 23 out of 24 massasauga snakes, LiveScience reports. Scientists are now attempting to develop methods for detecting the disease earlier, which they hope will allow them to better treat infected snakes.

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