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1 March 2015 OPHIDIOMYCES OPHIODIICOLA DERMATITIS IN EIGHT FREE-RANGING TIMBER RATTLESNAKES (CROTALUS HORRIDUS) FROM MASSACHUSETTS
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Eight free-ranging timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) from two geographically isolated Massachusetts populations were observed with skin lesions located primarily on the head but occasionally also on the lateral and ventral surfaces of the body. The snakes underwent health assessments that included physical examination, clinical pathology, full body radiographs, and full thickness biopsies of skin lesions. Each snake had fungal elements present histologically in tissue sections from skin lesions. Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola was identified from skin lesions using polymerase chain reaction in all eight snakes.

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Michael P. McBride, Kimberlee B. Wojick, Timothy A. Georoff, Jason Kimbro, Michael M. Garner, Xiaoling Wang, April L. Childress, and James F. X. Wellehan "OPHIDIOMYCES OPHIODIICOLA DERMATITIS IN EIGHT FREE-RANGING TIMBER RATTLESNAKES (CROTALUS HORRIDUS) FROM MASSACHUSETTS," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46(1), 86-94, (1 March 2015). https://doi.org/10.1638/2012-0248R2.1
Received: 7 November 2012; Published: 1 March 2015
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