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Old 04-16-2019, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Snake parasite from Asia

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The DNA sequences of the parasites found in the pygmy rattlesnakes were consistent with the parasite species from southeast Asia, which are normally found in Burmese pythons.

Farrell and his team of researchers have found the parasites in Central Florida, which is more than 100 miles away from where the Burmese pythons reside in the southern portion of the state.

“Our research shows that the parasites are moving north rapidly along the peninsula and appear to have some major health effects on pygmy rattlesnakes,” said Farrell, who was the paper’s senior research author.

Burmese pythons evolved in Asia with these parasites, but it’s a new problem for pygmy rattlesnakes and other Florida snakes.

“The parasites that were found in the pygmy rattlesnakes were larger than the ones found in Burmese pythons,” said Farrell. “It’s a nasty situation because the pygmy rattlesnakes haven’t evolved or developed defenses against the parasite.”
https://www.stetson.edu/today/2019/04/stetson-researcher-discovers-plethora-of-parasites-infecting-pygmy-rattlesnakes/
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