Topics » Science & Technology   Aug. 7, 2013

Ancient, Slippery, Enormous 'Snot Otters': Looking for Hellbender Salamanders

Checking for Chytrid Fungus

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Checking for Chytrid Fungus

Kim Terrell swabs a hellbender and checks for deformities and skin diseases. This swab will later be analyzed for diseases like chytrid fungus, a serious threat to amphibians around the world. While chytrid hasn't been known to kill hellbenders, they can still carry the fungus and infect frogs, toads and other salamanders in the river.


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