Impacts of snake fungal disease on wild snake populations

Snake fungal disease is an emerging threat to snake populations in the Commonwealth and throughout the eastern US. Infected snakes often have skin ulcers, facial swelling, unusual molting and aberrant behaviors. Over the last three years, the Price lab has developed unique field and molecular techniques and innovative statistical tools for analysis of SFD impacts in wild snake populations. Our research objectives include 1) Determine disease-associated rates of true survival in snake populations and 2) Identify factors influencing disease susceptibility. We focus our research on queen snakes and northern water snakes, common stream-associated species in the inner bluegrass region of Kentucky.

Steven J. Price, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Stream and Riparian Ecology
(859) 257-7610 | steven.price@uky.edu | 208A T.P. Cooper Building