Researchers believe a decline in tropical snakes in Panama is linked to a deadly fungal disease in frogs.
The infectious chytrid fungus, which attacks the skin of amphibians, has devastated frog populations worldwide since it was first discovered in Queensland in 1993.
Researchers knew that an outbreak of chytridomycosis was inevitable at El Cope in Panama, and so they had time to gather plenty of data before the disease struck the forest ecosystem in 2004.
It turned out they were able to amass seven years of data on amphibian and reptile biodiversity at El Cope before the disease hit, and then continued gathering more data in the six years after the outbreak.
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