Two-Headed Snakes


Boy finds two-headed snake

October 17, 2003 - CNN :: Kentucky: Hunter York was afraid of snakes, but he couldn't resist the two-headed reptile he found. The 10-year-old said he picked up the black king snake with a stick, then noticed it grabbed the stick with two heads. The 81/2-inch female reptile hasn't eaten since Hunter found it October 4. Ed Zimmer, a Murray State University biology professor and herpetologist, estimated the occurrence of a two-headed snake at 1 in 10,000.




Life Is Confusing For Two-Headed Snakes

National Geographic - March 22, 2002

Two-headed snakes are not as rare as one might think. This two-headed corn snake, named Thelma and Louise, was at the San Diego Zoo and was responsible for having 15 normal snake offspring before it died. The two-headed monsters of myth may have a basis in reality. Two-headed snakes are rare but not unheard of, and one recently found in Spain is giving scientists an opportunity to study how the anomaly affects their ability to hunt and mate.




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