Snake Fungal Disease was identified in a mud snake found on the edge of a blackwater swamp near near Statesboro, Georgia, according to a press release from Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section. The fungal disease was confirmed by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, the release notes.
The mud snake was the first wild snake confirmed with the disease, but previously a captive rat snake had been diagnosed with the fungus, a brief article in a newsletter from Georgia Department of Natural Resources says.
Mud snakes are solitary, so the finding suggests that all snake species are vulnerable to the fungus, the press release says.
Photo: Mud snake with Snake Fungal Disease, courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources.