Diseases and Parasites of Herpetofauna

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Downloadable information sheets produced by the SEPARC Diseases, Pathogens & Parasites of Herpetofauna Task Team. The task team's goal is to increase awareness of herpetofaunal pathogens and the occurrence of disease-related die-offs of herpetofauna in the Southeast. 

The Task Team develops information sheets on common herpetofaunal pathogens, protocol for collecting and shipping diseased animals, and instructions on disinfecting field equipment.

Information sheets developed by this team on pathogens of amphibians and reptiles and their collecting/shipping protocols are available for online viewing and download:

  1. Duffus, A.L.J., J. T. Hoverman, D. L. Miller, A.W. Dean, J.M, Klaus, and M.J. Gray. 2013. Ranavirus Infections in North American Amphibians. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #1R2.
  2. Becker, M. H., A. Vonhandorf and R. Brenes. 2013. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis: An emerging amphibian pathogen. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #2.
  3. Hoverman, J. T. 2009. The bacterium Aeromonas hydrophila in amphibian populations. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #3.
  4. Hamed, M. K. 2009. The trematode Ribeiroia ondatrae in southeastern amphibians. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #4.
  5. Cook, J. O. 2009. An alveolate agent in southeastern amphibians. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #5.
  6. Adams, C. K. 2009. Threat of Saprolegnia to southeastern amphibians. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #6.
  7. Baxley, D. 2009. Fungal diseases in southeastern snakes. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #7.
  8. Gonynor, J. L., and M. J. Yabsley. 2009. Mycoplasma related upper respiratory tract disease in gopher and desert tortoises. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #8.
  9. Miller, D. L., and M. J. Gray. 2009. Collecting and shipping specimens for diagnostic testing. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #9.
  10. Horner, A. A., Miller, D. L., and M. J. Gray. 2016. Disinfection of field equipment and personal gear. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #10R.
  11. McGuire, J. L, and D. L. Miller. 2012. Ranavirus in Chelonians. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #11.
  12. McGuire, J. L. 2012. Mycoplasma alligatoris in American alligators. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #12.
  13. Calatayud, N. 2012. Endocrine Disruptors and Amphibians. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #13.
  14. Miller, D. L. 2012. Viruses in Alligators. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #14.
  15. Gray, M. J., D. L. Miller, and A. L. J. Duffus.  2013.  Pathogen surveillance, data analysis, and biosecurity techniques.  Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.  Diseases, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team.  Presentation #1.
  16. Greenspan, S. E., J. L. McGuire, and D. L. Miller. 2013. Hellbenders in decline. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #15.
  17. Duffus, A.L.J, C.M. Jackson, and A.M. Andrews. 2013. Dermocystidium (Amphibiocystidium) Infections in Amphibians. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #16.
  18. Goodman R. 2013. Ranaviruses in Squamates. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #17.
  19. Allender, M. 2013. Snake Fungal Disease: Frequently Asked Questions. Northeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, NEPARC-2013-02.
  20. Pereira, K.E. 2015. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans: An emerging amphibian pathogen. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #18.
  21. Pierson, T. W., and A. A. Horner. 2016. Environmental DNA sampling for amphibian pathogens.  Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #19

View task team announcements and discussions and download task team meeting summaries from past SEPARC Annual Meetings from the Diseases, Pathogens & Parasites of Herpetofauna Task Team section of the SEPARC website.