Wildlife officials have alerted pet owners regarding the potential widespread of fungal disease that has the ability to infect and eventually kill newts and salamanders. This disease is notorious for wiping out the entire population of wildlife wherever it stroked in the past. The disease is known as the salamander chytrid disease. It strikes when the fungal B.sal penetrates the skin of newts or salamanders and finally cause them develop lesions that resembles warts. This disease is left untreated, it will affect the eating habit of the animal and the animal will feel sluggish. After suffering for while, the animal will lose total control of its body movements and will die.
Natacha Hogan, an expert on this field from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, said that although this disease arouse from Asia but somehow managed to widespread to areas in Europe and the United Kingdom. Hogan stated that the merchandising of wild salamanders as pets have played a prominent key role in the wide spreading of this disease. According to Natache, this disease has potentiality to kill millions of creatures; those were imported as pets for children. B.sal fungus was not yet detected in Canada. Because US government has set stricter regulations on handling of trading pet newts and salamanders in the country, the spreading has been stopped.
Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) is promoting the spread of public awareness on the salamander chytrid disease. Recent surveys say, there are only two newt’s species endemic to Canada. However, Salamander is much more widespread. According to the CWHC, the preventing of fungal disease starts with the controlling of newts and salamanders pet owners. The CWHC stated, if trading of salamander and newts is unstoppable then owners should be sure that the animal isn’t traded from areas where this fungal disease has been earlier documented. CWHC also urged to purchase animal from trusted traders. Also to prevent B.sal fungal infection, disinfecting of the pet’s water or cage wastes should be done with intense care.