Rare two-headed snake found in Virginia may go to educational facility

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2018

These anatomy issues give the snake a reduced life span, and although the snake is thought to be only a baby; it's not believed to survive for long.

A United States woman found a two-headed baby copperhead snake in Woodbridge, Virginia. Both heads are capable of catching and swallowing prey - and that's where the trouble starts.

The wildlife center found that the left head of the snake is more dominant, showing more activity and responsiveness to stimuli, but the snake has two tracheas, two esophaguses, but one heart and one set of lungs. "Too many challenges living day to day with two heads", he added.

Imagine arguing with a second, independent brain every time your body wanted to grab a snack, take a nap or even decide which direction to move.

"Wild bicephalic snakes are exceptionally rare, because they just don't live that long", J.D. Kleopfer of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries posted on Facebook on Thursday.

A rare two-headed copperhead was found in Northern Virginia this month.

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"With a little luck and care, we hope to eventually donate it to a zoological facility for exhibit", he said.

The newly discovered copperhead is therefore, unsurprisingly, really young - around two weeks old when it was found, and only 15 centimetres (6 inches) in length.

"The hashtags used in her Facebook post included: "#sohardnottolookatit", "#nobodyhastimeforthat" and "#justlookingatthismakesmeswear".

"This is what nightmares are made of", wrote Dorothy McColl Holmberg on the post.

However, other people online slammed those who were disgusted with the discovery, with Nick DaJeeper Rivas putting: "It's sad that such a magnificent animal attracts so much ignorance".

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