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Posted by John Hewlett on February 04, 2001 at 18:10:34:
In Reply to: Re: Death of Popes Tree Vipers..Question? posted by Steve S on February 04, 2001 at 11:50:16:
I would be willing to bet 99.9% that your snakes had OPMV, because of the description of the lesions on the lungs, that is also a tell tale sign of Ophidian paramyxovirus, and yes it is a airborne virus so move the rest of your collection as far from the location of the snakes you lost, as possible. You may not want to hear what I am about to tell you but yes Ophidian Paramyxovirus can take a while to take effect. When did these snakes die? If it was with in the past week, just watch the rest of your snakes for the next 2.5 to 3 months and if they donít show symptoms by then you should be in the clear. It could have come in with your Atheris sqaumigera, certain Generas and Species in the family Viperidae (other than the sub-family Crotalidae) have been known to harbor OPMV. Do keep us posted Steve.