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Conserving Snake Species of Greatest Conservation Need Threatened by an Emerging Fungal Skin Disease


December 2013 - December 2015


A suspected new fungal skin disease has been identified as a newly emerging threat to snakes, including Species of Greatest Conservation Need such as Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) and Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in multiple eastern and Midwestern states. Using data obtained from this regional snake species assessment, the many state partners will utilize an adaptive management framework for development of long-term conservation strategies for up to 40 snake species potentially impacted by the disease. Other conservation actions include evaluation of treatment options, experimental treatment with antifungal agents, captive rearing, and monitoring.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1949

Presentations: 4261



  • Paul SievertPrincipal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Competitive State Wildlife Grant, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey