Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola on a captive black racer (Coluber Constrictor) and a garter snake (Thamnophis Sirtalis) in Pennsylvania

Mana Ohkura, Jeremy J. Worley, James E. Hughes-Hallett, Jenny S. Fisher, Brenda C. Love, Anne E Arnold, Marc Joel Orbach

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Two snakes were presented to the Pennsylvania State University Animal Diagnostic Laboratory with one suffering from external lesions where the scales were raised and discolored, and the other with oral lesions and swelling extending to the left eye, which was opaque. Histopathological analysis revealed multifocal granulomas containing fungal hyphae. Morphological and DNA sequence analyses revealed both suffered from infection by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, an emerging pathogen of snakes. This is the first report of this disease in Pennsylvania.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016



  • Aleuriospores
  • Arthrospores
  • Molecular phylogenetics
  • Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola
  • Snakes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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