Imagine trying to eat if you had two heads and mouths to feed on one body.
Such was the dilemma for a two-headed copperhead snake recently discovered in a yard in Woodbridge, Va.
The snake was found a week ago, and pictures of it were sent and posted to Facebook of a wildlife expert.
Such two-headed snakes are “exceptionally rare,” mainly because they don’t live that long, a Virginia herpetologist JD Kleopfer said on Facebook.
The snake was caught and taken to a wildlife expert with experience in breeding and raising vipers, officials said. Copperheads are venomous.
But herpetologists got a chance to look at it and make some observations on the rare find. A video shows it slithering along a rock.
In his Facebook post, Kleopfer said the left head had the more dominant esophagus and the right head had a more developed throat for eating.
The left side, herpetological experts said, was “generally more active and responsive to stimulus.”
After doing radiographs, experts found that the two-headed snake has several other unique features. The snake has two heads but 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,” experts at the Wildlife Center of Virginia said in a news release.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Dana Hedgpeth