Disease of reptiles


Two US turtle species -- desert tortoises in the West and gopher tortoises in the Southeast -- are being decimated by a fatal respiratory-tract infection that they may have contracted from imported tortoises unleashed in their habitat. More than 50 percent of the individuals in some desert-tortoise populations now carry this contagious, incurable disease, pressing the species toward extinction. Recently the malady has shown up in North American box turtles.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST