Agency says Two-headed Snake May Go to Educational Facility

Frederick Owens
September 25, 2018

"This two-headed copperhead was found in northern Virginia", he wrote.

A neighbor's flowerbed in northern Virginia turned into a herpetology happening when a woman discovered a two-headed copperhead snake slithering in the soil.

The snake is now being monitored by a state herpetologist after it was examined at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. Both heads are capable of catching and swallowing prey - and that's where the trouble starts.

"Thanks to the Wildlife Center of Virginia we were able to determine that the left head has the dominant aesophagus and the right head has the more developed throat for eating", Kleopfer wrote.

Imagine arguing with a second, independent brain every time your body wanted to grab a snack, take a nap or even decide which direction to move.

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Video and more photos of the snake were published on Facebook by John "JD" Kleopfer, a reptile expert from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The unnamed person, who found the reptile, contacted the Virginia Herpetological Society to identify the species, according to a CNN report. "The herpetologist will continue monitoring the snake; if it survives, it will likely be placed in an educational facility".

One day, he said, they hoped it would be put on display at a zoo for the public to see.

The newly discovered copperhead is therefore, unsurprisingly, really young - around two weeks old when it was found, and only 15 centimetres (6 inches) in length.

In addition, other people on Facebook expressed their terror in the comment section, with a social media user named Shawna Barnum Shriner putting "This is what nightmares are made of".

For now, the snake will remain with the state herpetologist. "To each their own!" He was supported by a man named Jeffery Clark who commented saying "This is fantastic".

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