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Snake Fungus Found in Tennessee

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Wildlife biologists say a fungal disease that affects snakes has spread to Tennessee. The affliction can interfere with a snake's vision and, in some cases, deform a snake's head, making it difficult for it to feed.

WPLN radio reported the fungus has been found in Tennessee only on timber rattlesnakes.

Wildlife biologists in Tennessee said they know of two fungal cases in rattlers and they know one is still alive because they tagged it with a radio transmitting device.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency discourages people from trying to capture venomous snakes, but asks to report finding any dead snakes that appear deformed.

Infected snakes have also been found in Illinois, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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