The timber rattlesnake population in the northeast has been negatively affected by an emerging fungal pathogen, Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, which causes Snake Fungal Disease (SFD). Pathobiology professors Steven Szczepanek, Salvatore Frasca Jr., and Milton Levin have been working with CT state herpatologist Dennis Quinn and the CT DEEP to try and understand the ecological determinants that have led to the emergence of SFD in rattlesnakes, and other species of snake, in Connecticut. Pictured is Dr. Steven Szczepanek and Dennis Quinn conducting a field examination of a live-captured water snake for the characteristic epidermal lesions of SFD.
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