Overview of Snake Viral Diseases

Funk, Richard S.

Richard Funk Veterinary Services LLC

7718 E Palm LN

Mesa, AZ

Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine

19555 N 59th Avenue

Glendale, AZ

Increasing availability of newer molecular tools has expanded our knowledge of viruses infecting snakes. DNA viruses reported from snakes include the Herpesviridae, Adenoviridae, Iridoviridae, Papillomaviridae, and Parvoviridae. RNA viruses of snakes include the Paramyxoviridae, Retroviridae, Reoviridae, Togaviridae, Flaviviridae, Caliciviridae, and Picorniviridae. I will present an overview of several important snake viral diseases, including paramyxovirus, inclusion body disease, and the emergent nidovirus and sunshine virus.