An extremely rare two-headed snake has been found in the wild in South Africa.
On Facebook, snake rescuer Nick Evans shared photos of the two-headed Southern Brown Egg-eater – a harmless species of snake. In the caption, Mr. Evans shared that he came across the rare reptile when asked to retrieve the snake from a man who found the slithering animal in his yard.
Have a look at the message below:
The man, who lives in Ndwedwe, a town north of Durban, didn’t want anyone to harm the strange creature, so he put it in a bottle and asked Mr. Evans to take it away.
“It was such a strange sight to see this disfigured snake,” Mr Evans wrote in the caption, adding: “It is a juvenile, around [a foot] in length. It was quite interesting to watch it move. Sometimes the heads tried to move in opposite directions, other times it rested one head on the other. That seemed to me the most effective way of moving.”
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The snake rescuer also said that the unique snake is now safe in professional care. Mr. Evans was surprised that the reptile had even survived until he found it. He said it “doesn’t make sense” to let go of the snake now.
“As far as I know, they generally don’t live long. This one wouldn’t last long in the wild. It can barely move, and when it does, it does so incredibly slowly. Very easy plucking for a predator,” explained Mr Evans.
Since it was shared, the message has gone viral on the internet. Commenters on Facebook were happy to hear that the reptile had been rescued. One user wrote: “Poor thing. So thankful it’s safe.” “What a wonderful little creature! So great that the guy in Ndwedwe got in touch with you. I hope you can help the little man eat,” added another. “Great photos. Very sad but also very interesting to watch. I hope it gets a good quality of life,” wrote the third.
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According to news week, animals born with two or more heads have a condition called polycephaly, which is more common in reptiles than mammals. Animals with this condition often do not survive very long, depending on the extent to which the two heads are split.
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