Fungal pathogens and resultant disease are credited with the decline of many species across all branches of the tree of life. Fungal diseases such as Snake Fungal Disease (SFD), primarily caused by the fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola (Oo), have been strongly associated with the cause of the decrease/disappearance of many snake populations in North America. To date SFD in the wild has been described as far southwest as central Louisiana. Due to similar conditions and the proximity of East Texas to central Louisiana, a survey of local snake populations provided crucial information about the spread and presence of this emerging pathogen. In total (54) snakes were sampled between July 2019 through September 2020, and four putative positives for Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola infections were identified.
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Lance Williams, Neil Ford, Ali Azghani, Marsha Williams
Masters in Biology
Lizarraga, Alan, "PREVALENCE OF SNAKE FUNGAL DISEASE CAUSED BY OPHIDIOMYCES OPHIODIICOLA IN EAST TEXAS" (2020). Biology Theses. Paper 64.