Right well Elon Musk better make some extra room on that space ship that he plans on flying to Mars because we’re requesting a seat after this latest discovery.
If you thought fluffy the three-headed dog on Harry Potter was scary, just wait till you see what one woman found in her backyard… A TWO-HEADED BLOODY SNAKE!! And sadly no, this one doesn’t just exist in the magical fantasy of a wizarding movie.
The incredibly rare and you guessed it, highly venomous, creature was found slithering outside the home of a woman in Northern Virginia and has been described as a two-headed baby Eastern Copperhead.
The woman captured a photo of the strange reptile, posting it on the Facebook page of Virginia Wildlife Management and Control, writing: “What are the odds to find a two headed snake???”
The Wildlife Centre of Virginia was called in to capture the rare snake where it was examined. The centre released their findings in a statement.
“It appears as thought the left head is more dominant – it’s generally more active and responsive to stimulus,” read the statement. “Radiographs revealed that the two-headed snake has two tracheas [the left one is more developed], two esophaguses [the right one is more developed], and the two heads share one heart and one set of lungs.
“Based on the anatomy, it would be better for the right head to eat, but it may be a challenge since the left head appears more dominant.
“Wild two-headed snakes are extremely rare – they just don’t live that long. The herpetologist will continue monitoring the snake; if it survives, it will likely be placed in an educational facility.”
But don’t think that just because one head is more dominant that it doesn’t have proper use of both. In a comment on Virginia Wildlife Management and Control’s Facebook post, one person asked, “Which head makes the attack?” to which they replied, “Both”.
Reptile specialist J.D. Kleopfer from Virgina told USA Today that the reason why we don’t see more two-headed snakes is because this particular mutation makes it difficult to survive in the wild with the two heads often wanting to do “two different things”.
He also explained that this particular snake is about two weeks old and only about six inches in length where as typically copperhead snakes would grow to between 18 and 36 inches.
The Eastern Copperhead snake is native to North American and so we don’t really have to worry about it here in Australia, but now that we know that it’s actually possible for two-headed snakes to exist we feel incredibly worried about snake season…Who knows what sort of crazy reptiles are living out there in the Aussie outback!