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Do amphibians have e.coli bacteria in their gut?



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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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