A super rare two-headed snake has been discovered in the flowerbed of a backyard Richmond, Virginia.
- Extremely rare two headed copperhead snake discovered in a garden
- Virginia Wildlife Management & Control is taking care of the snake and possibly will possibly be donated to a zoological facility.
- Copperheads grow about 18-36 inches long, while this bicephalic snake is only young and about 6 inches.
- Herpetologist John D Kleopfer said, the snake isn’t a danger to anyone; vipers tend to attack insects and Copperheads aren’t known for being aggressive.
The exceptional find has been identified as a baby Eastern Copperhead snake.
A woman named Stephanie posted an initial photo of the reptile on Virginia Wildlife Management and Control’s Facebook page with a caption: “What are the odds to find a two headed snake???”
The unusual serpent was captured by Virginia Wildlife Management & Control and is now at the care of an experienced private reptile keeper.
Herpetologist John D Kleopfer wrote on Facebook: “Wild bicephalic snakes are exceptionally rare, because they just don’t live that long. Too many challenges living day to day with two heads.”
According to reports, the snake was found in Stephanie’s neighbor’s garden, then the snake was taken to the ‘Wildlife Center of Virginia’ for radiographs so experts can see how the two heads function with the body.
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According to Kleopfer, Copperheads grow about 18-36 inches long, while this bicephalic snake is only young and about 6 inches. He also said the snake isn’t a danger to anyone; vipers tend to attack insects and Copperheads aren’t known for being aggressive.
National Geographic explained snakes like this one are not unlike Siamese twins.
“The point at which the embryo stops separating varies. Just as Siamese twins can be joined at the head, breast, or hip, so too can snakes be joined at varying places on their bodies.”
Mr Kleopfer said, the snake will possibly be donated to a zoological facility, “with a little luck and care”.