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A rare disease that makes snakes out of ‘fear’

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It is the first case of snake fungal disease” has been spotted in California, this is a condition that causes the snakes to lose weight and crusted scales.

The snake, which was spotted in Plymouth, Amador County, and was a member of the public is on the side of the road, and for the rehabilitation of the Tri-County Wildlife Care,” according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

The CDFW that the snake had been “humanely put to death” and sent out a post-mortem examination, where the fungus that causes snake fungal disease (SFD), Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola was not detected.

(Credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife)

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Of the disease, the snakes, out of “fear” according to Live Science, which first reported the news. SFD, it is not always life-threatening, the CDFW continues, pointing out that the signs were “scabs, skin ulcers or nodules, crusted scales, blending scales, cloudy eyes and swollen or disfigured face.”

“In addition, this week the fungus has been found on the skin and in the tissues of a Florida water snake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) were found deceased, and is collected by CDFW from Folsom, in Sacramento County, this is the original, the case is not an isolated case,” and the CDFW will be added.

The CDFW said that the emaciated condition of the snake, it is possible, by a reduced ability to capture prey.” They rest in open, unprotected areas where they may be exposed to inclement weather and / or predators.”

As an agency of the government, noting that the disease can be transmitted in a variety of ways: through wounds or direct contact with other infected snakes, or mothers who transmit it to their offspring in some species.

The settlement finality directive, which is non-transferable from the snakes and the man was first spotted in 2008. Since then it has been spotted in more than 30 different types of snakes, both in Europe and the united states, where it is present in “at least 23 states.” By 2018, it has been discovered in Idaho, in the southern part of the province of Ontario, Canada.

The different types of snakes can be taken differently. “Significant mortality” were observed in the Timber rattlesnake and the Eastern Massasauga, while others may only exhibit a mild infection,” the agency concluded.

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