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Study on fungus that sickens hibernating snakes

Adrian Macedo, a doctoral student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, works with a northern cottonmouth snake in the Cache River Basin this fall. Macedo is looking into Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that causes skin and tissue breakdown, leading to lesions typically on the head and face of snakes. Severely infected snakes often lose the ability to eat and end up dying, while others clear the infection after shedding their skins. Below, Adrian and his adviser, Robin Warne, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, work with a northern cottonmouth snake. (Photos provided)

SIU doctoral student researches fungus that sickens hibernating snakes

Cold temperatures are the enemy of snakes – ectotherms that get their body heat from the environment. A Southern Illinois University Carbondale student, however, is trying to find out more about another deadly adversary awaiting them in the warmer crevices of the sandstone cliffs where they typically ride out the winter.

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