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About This Project

University of Georgia

Snakes are threatened by the introduction of numerous pathogens (infectious agents) to the US. These include Ophidiomyces ophidiicola, which can cause a potentially fatal fungal skin disease (ophidiomycosis). Co-infections may increase disease severity and mortality risk. We will evaluate the health and infection status of snakes in the southeastern US through physical examinations, monthly pathogen surveillance, blood evaluations, and assessing demographic risk factors.