Forest rangers near Darwin in northern Australia found an unusual snake at the side of a road. The malformed reptile had three eyes instead of two.
X-rays revealed the juvenile snake, which measured about 15 inches, had an extra eye socket on its head. Officials of the Northern Territories Parks and Wildlife Facebook account, confirmed the snake’s third eye was functional.
Rangers said the snake probably grew its extra eye as an embryo. It’s “extremely unlikely” to be the result of environmental factors. The post added that the naturally-occurring malformations are quite common in reptiles.
In October 2018, an unsuspecting couple living in Leslie County, Kentucky, found a two-headed baby copperhead snake in their yard. Officials confirmed that both the heads and sets of eyes could move, and that the creature’s two tongues were functional. Authorities were so impressed by the rare animal they decided to temporarily put it on display at the Salato Wildlife Education Center.
Again a month ago a woman from Woodbridge, Virginia, came across a two-headed baby copperhead outside her home. Herpetologists with the Wildlife Center of Virginia took in the creature, and discovered its left head was generally more active than the right.
Two-headed snakes are relatively vulnerable in the wild, and are more likely to experience serious health problems than their one-headed snakes.
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