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Two-headed snake discovered in Virginia

By T.K. Randall
September 23, 2018 · Comment icon 8 comments

Are two heads really better than one ? Image Credit: Facebook / Virginia Wildlife Management and Control
An 'extremely rare' adult copperhead snake with two heads was recently found in a garden in Woodbridge.
Photographs of the unusual serpent were posted up on Facebook by a local animal control service.

"Check out these extremely rare photos of an actual two-headed copperhead that was found in someone's yard in Woodbridge," Virginia Wildlife Management and Control wrote.

The story proved popular among social media users, although some did question its authenticity. According to the department however, the snake is very much the real deal.
"Absolutely not a fake! We assure you, it's very real and was shedding its skin," officials wrote.

While the snake appears to be healthy for the moment, National Geographic shared a rather disturbing tidbit of information about the challenges faced by such a creature.

"Snakes operate a good deal by smell, and if one head catches the scent of prey on the other's head, it will attack and try to swallow the second head," it wrote.

Source: Fox News | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 4 years ago
The poor baby. This bit from the article was quite distressing: Snakes operate a good deal by smell, and if one head catches the scent of prey on the other's head, it will attack and try to swallow the second head,” National Geographic reported.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
Just kill the thing. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Vlad the Mighty 4 years ago
A two-faced viper? It'll be going into a career in politics, then. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
Luckily, it looks like the heads join too far up for either to be able to twist enough to attempt to swallow the other.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
I'm surprised someone didn't scream
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
I meant to say I'm surprised someone didn't scream "SATAN BEGONE!" and stomp on it. Why does this forum delete everything after quotation marks when you first post them?
Comment icon #7 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
Even snakes have adapted to Virginia's interbreeding problem
Comment icon #8 Posted by crotalus 4 years ago
i do not know why they said that is a adult copperhead because it is a young one. adults have black tail tips and young copperheads have a bright greenish yellow tail tip. i kept copperheads and rattle snakes for forty years and sold them to biological supply dealers among others, i had one large female northern copperhead that gave birth to 17 babies that had abnormal patterns where the saddles did not touch and it looked like they had a stripe down their backs.

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