Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola (causing snake fungal disease) (Infection with)

Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola (Oo), formerly Chrysosporium ophiodiicola , is the causative agent of snake fungal disease (SFD), an emerging fungal disease of North-American snake species. Oo is an environmental saprobe (feeds on decaying matter in the environment) therefore, many believe SFD is an opportunistic infection. However, risk factors for infection are not well characterised, and experimental inoculations are successful in producing clinical disease.