Fungal Disease Found In Amador County Snake

Photo courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The very first case of a fungal disease found in snakes has been confirmed in California.

According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife tests show a California kingsnake found in Amador County had the disease. The snake was reportedly emaciated had to be euthanized.

The fungus was also found this week in watersnake found dead in Sacramento county, and that apparently suggests the kingsnake case isn't unique. Department officials also say the watersnake was native to Florida.

Snake fungal disease was first detected about ten years ago, according to the department, and scientists say they are seeing the disease more often than in the past in 30 species throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Symptoms of the disease include scabs, skin ulcers, crusted scales, discolored scales, cloudy eyes, and a face that is swollen or disfigured.



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