Staff at the Sunshine Serpents conservation and enducation center in Lakeland, Florida recently received two incredible two. After incubating seven Honduran milk snake eggs, they were stunned when nine baby snake heads emerged on hatching day. One of the eggs contained twins and another contained an awesomely rare two-headed snake that’s also an albino.
Owner Daniel Parker, a University of Central Florida biologist, said: ‘I did a double take. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.’
Biologist Parker says two-headed snakes have been documented to live as long as 20 years in captivity. With two brains giving commands to a single body, he says the snake, which isn’t venomous, would have a difficult time surviving in the wild.
The odds of a two-headed snake being born are 10,000 to one. We hope that both heads on this bicephalic beauty get along well. At least they’ll never be lonely.
Photos by Daniel Parker.