Reptiles as Reservoirs of Bacterial Infections: Real Threat or Methodological Bias?

  title={Reptiles as Reservoirs of Bacterial Infections: Real Threat or Methodological Bias?},
  author={Giulia Zancolli and Dieter Mahsberg and Wiebke Sickel and Alexander Keller},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
Bacterial infections secondary to snakebites and human pathogens (e.g., Salmonella) have been linked to the oral microbiota of snakes and pet reptiles. Based on culture-dependent studies, it is speculated that snakes’ oral microbiota reflects the fecal flora of their ingested preys. However, cultured-based techniques have been shown to be limited as they fail to identify unculturable microorganisms which represent the vast majority of the microbial diversity. Here, we used culture-independent… CONTINUE READING
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