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  • Scientists gear up to fight deadly snake fungal disease

    An emerging fungal disease threatens the last eastern massasauga rattlesnake population in Illinois.

    An emerging fungal disease threatens the last eastern massasauga rattlesnake population in Illinois.

    Photo by Matthew Allender

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      An emerging fungal disease threatens the last eastern massasauga rattlesnake population in Illinois.

      Photo by Matthew Allender

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      University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Matt Allender developed a faster, more accurate and less invasive test for a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern U.S.

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      Habitat of the last eastern massasauga rattlesnake population in Illinois.

      Photo by Matthew Allender

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      This eastern massasauga rattlesnake shows signs of infection with snake fungal disease: The snout and left side of the neck are crusty and swollen.

      Photo by Matthew Allender

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  • To reach Matthew Allender, call 217-265-0320; email mcallend@illinois.edu.