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  • Rare fungus kills endangered rattlesnakes in southern Illinois

    The eastern massasauga rattlesnake normally spends spring in shallow wetlands and summer in drier upland areas.

    The eastern massasauga rattlesnake normally spends spring in shallow wetlands and summer in drier upland areas.

    Photo courtesy Matthew Allender

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      The eastern massasauga rattlesnake normally spends spring in shallow wetlands and summer in drier upland areas.

      Photo courtesy Matthew Allender

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      University of Illinois comparative biosciences visiting instructor Matthew Allender has discovered that Chrysosporium, a fungus not normally seen in free-living wildlife, is killing eastern massasauga rattlesnakes in southern Illinois.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is a state-endangered species in Illinois and several other states.

      Photo courtesy Matthew Allender

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      The habitat of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake.

      Photo courtesy Matthew Allender

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