Grass snake, Natrix natrix, affected by Snake Fungal Disease.

First case of Snake Fungal Disease affecting a free-ranging Natrix natrix (Linnaeus, 1758) in Ticino Canton, Switzerland

Daniele Marini

Abstract


We here report a new European case of Snake Fungal Disease in a free-ranging Natrix natrix (Linnaeus, 1758) from Ticino Canton (Switzerland). This is the first Swiss case and only the second occurrence in a wild snake from continental Europe. We provide a description of clinical and methodological aspects beginning with the capture and the stabling period of the affected individual. Moreover, we report observations of Natrix spp. displaying clinical signs consistent with SFD in northern Italy.

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