What’s with two brains without legs and the best Facebook profile picture? This would be this rare two-headed racer snake recently discovered by a domestic cat in Palm Harbor, Florida.
The cat’s family was rudely represented to the supernatural snake about a month ago when their cat, Olive, dropped the creature on the floor of his living room, according to a Facebook post. The family was confused to see that a small, variegated snake with two heads attached to the same body, each of which could move its eyes, neck, and tongue independently. The family called the snake “Dos” – Spanish for “two”.
“His biggest problem is feeding,”
This condition – known as bicephalia – is an unusual abnormality that occurs during embryonic development, when identical twins fail to fully separate, Previously, Live Science reported. The condition occurs in all animals including deer and guinea pigs; humans appear to encounter live bicephal snakes about once a year. In 2019, a bicephalic baby rattlesnake named “Double Dave“appeared in New Jersey while two-headed viper threw himself on a family property in Virginia in 2018. He just helped 2020 meet his quota.
Bicephals tend to be rude in nature, where their competing brains make it difficult to do things like catch prey or escape predators. As such, they are often arrested by wildlife experts. For now, Dos is being cared for by the Florida Commission for the Conservation of Fish and Wildlife (FWC), which recently took some spicy pictures of the head (head shots?) of the snake for Facebook. FWC experts identified Doss as a minor southern black athlete (Coluber constrictor Priapus), a small, non-venous snake common in the southeastern United States.
Doss certainly has a better experience of surviving under the care of FWC herpetologists than in the wild (for starters, you no longer have to worry about curious cats), but life is far from easy. In nature, two heads are not always better than one. Just ask this worm grew a second person on his ass.
Originally published in Live Science.