Amphibian E. coli
Do amphibians have e.coli bacteria
in their gut?
Salmonella species can be found in reptiles (turtles,
iguanas) and exotic pets are a risk factor for
salmonellosis. There is less information on Salmonella
or E. coli in amphibians, but there are reports of
Salmonella in wild frogs and toads from every
continent. E. coli has also been found: When an
outbreak of Salmonella caused by nonpasteurized fruit
juice was investigated, E. coli, Salmonella, and other
coliforms were identified in Hyla cinerea and in Bufo
terrestris that were captured near the citrus
processing facility where the juice was produced.
Since Salmonella and E. coli are closely related,
there is no reason to assume that E. coli should not
be found in these hosts.
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Update: June 2012