What is
What is a 'disease'?

The definition of wildlife has changed over time. The old-fashioned definition includes only the native, undomesticated animals (fauna) to a region. This does NOT include the plant life (flora) or even fish, for some reason!

Today, wildlife is defined more by anything that is wild and alive.

This website will discuss diseases that threaten CT's amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds. Not enough research was found on other animal groups.

A disease is some sort of condition that affects an organism and impairs its normal bodily functions. This could be a physical or mental condition (or it may impair both), and symptoms vary from disease to disease.

They have many causes, though the ones most common in wildlife seem to be caused by a virus, bacteria, fungus, or parasite.

Flip through the pictures below to learn more about a group, and then click one to learn more about diseases that affect them!

The fungus Chytridiomycota

Source: Wikipedia

A white-tailed deer of CT

Source: Wikipedia