Field biologist Daniel Parker has become the lucky owner of an extremely rare two-headed albino milk snake.
Parker works at University of Central Florida and also runs Sunshine Serpents, an organisation dedicated to the conservation of reptiles. Last week he got a great surprise when he checked on a clutch of captive bred Honduran milk snake eggs in their incubator. Not only was the hatchling an albino, it also had two heads.
“I did a double take,” Parker said.
“I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.”
Although unlikely to survive in the wild, Parker is confident that the two-headed serpent will thrive well in captivity.
“Two-headed snakes have been documented to live as long as 20 years in captivity,” he explained.
“With two different brains giving commands to one body, it must be a confusing existence. This snake certainly would not be able to survive in the wild.”
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