What has two brains, no legs and the best profile picture on Facebook? It would be this rare two-headed breed snake recently discovered by a domestic cat in Palm Harbor, Florida.
The cat’s family was shamelessly introduced to the supernatural snake about a month ago when their cat, Olive, dropped the crib on their living room floor, according to a Facebook post. The family was confused to see that a small, spotted snake with two heads attached to the same body, each able to move its eyes, neck and tongue independently of each other. The family called the snake “Dos” – Spanish for “two”.
“His biggest problem is eating,”
This condition – known as bicephaly – is an unusual abnormality that occurs during embryonic development when identical twins do not fully separate, WordsSideKick.com previously reported. The condition occurs in all kinds of animals, including deer and Guinea pig; humans appear to encounter live bicephalic snakes approx. once a year. In 2019, a bicephalic rattlesnake named “Double-Dave“appeared in New Jersey while a two-headed adder slipped on a family property in Virginia in 2018. Dos just helped 2020 meet its quota.
Bicephalic animals tend to have a rough walk in nature, where their competing brains make it harder to do things like catch prey or escape predators. As such, they often end up in the care of animal experts. Dos is currently cared for by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which recently took some spiffy headshot (heads shots?) of the snake to Facebook. FWC experts identified Dos as a juvenile southern black racer (Coluber constrictor Priapus), a small, non-venomous snake that is common in the southeastern United States.
Dos certainly has a better shot of survival under the care of FWC herpetologists than in the wild (to begin with, it is no longer necessary to worry about curious cats), but life will be far from easy. In nature, two heads are not always better than one. Just ask this worm about it grew another face on his ass.
Originally published on WordsSideKick.com.