Nov 12, 2014 / In the News

Live Science (Nov. 12) – At first, researchers found lethal fungal infections only in rattlesnakes and other vipers, “which is not good because those snakes tend to be the most endangered already,” said Matthew Allender, a clinical assistant professor of zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. But now the disease has also surfaced in nonvenomous snakes, including snakes that are both solitary and social, which suggests the animals can catch the disease from each other as well as from fungus in the soil.