Snakes are developing horrific facial deformities due to rare fungal disease that is spreading across the US, experts say
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Snakes in the eastern United States area are being infected with a rare but mysterious ailment called Snake Fungal Disease (SFD).

SFD causes the snake’s scales to become ulcerated under the skin and white opaque cloudiness in their eyes. It causes snakes to look like mummies, according to LiveScience.

US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists have identified the causal agent of SFD as the fungus – Ophidiomyces ophidiicola (Oo). Still, up to now, they are not entirely sure how the infection spreads.

The disease has increased dramatically since it was discovered in 2008.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, SFD affects different snake species differently.

While timber rattlesnakes and the Easter Massasauga are experiencing significant die-offs, other species only suffer from mild infections that quickly go away.

SFD has now infected more than 30 snake species across the US and Europe, according to data from the USGS.

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