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Bizarre Two-Headed Snake Has A Split Personality

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Tom Hale

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clockApr 13 2016, 15:24 UTC
955 Bizarre Two-Headed Snake Has A Split Personality
Jason Talbott/Caters New Agency

If anything will put your sibling rivalry into perspective, it’s this snake (or is that snakes?).

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The animal was photographed by Jason Talbott, 42, whose friends found it out in the wilderness of Kansas. After taking the snake into captivity, Jason noticed an odd quirk between the two separate heads. Like something out of an ancient myth, one of the heads is comparatively calm while the other is aggressive and constantly trying to bite its twin. Unfortunately, the snake is otherwise unable to bite anything effectively, which Jason speculates is because both heads control the body.

The condition is known as polycephaly, which derives from the Greek words for “many” and “heads.” The condition arises from the same process that forms conjoined twins, where a fertilized egg only manages to partially split.

While talking about the rarity of this snake, Jason told Caters News: "It is estimated that it is 1 in 10,000 but it is hard to know a true number as they are wild and elusive animals and survival rate is very low.”

 

 


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