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Snake fungal disease: potential impacts on European snakes

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In the past decade, snake populations in North America have declined – attributed to snake fungal disease. Snakes benefit ecosystems in a number of ways; one of the most important is to keep pest species such as rats under control. As I’m sure you’re aware, in the US snakes are heavily persecuted for events such as ‘rattlesnake roundups’ and harmless snakes are often targeted due to mistaken identity. Over the past few decades, conservationists have worked hard to help these populations recover but now a new nemesis is on the horizon. Read More...