Two-headed SNAKE with DOUBLE BITE discovered in woman’s garden

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2018

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.

This Sept. 20, 2018 photo provided by the Wildlife Center of Virginia shows a two-headed Eastern Copperhead snake at the center in Waynesboro, Va.

Photos and video of the snake were going viral on Facebook after Powhatan-based animal removal business Virginia Wildlife Management and Control shared them earlier this month.

After a resident found the snake, a state herpetologist brought the snake to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on Thursday for an examination.


The post about the snake quickly came to the attention of herpetologist John D Kleopfer, who wrote that in the "wild bicephalic snakes are exceptionally rare", before adding that they often died at a young age, because of the "challenges" of living with two heads.

Further the radiographs revealed that the snake has two tracheas, with the left one more developed.

Although the snake's left head is more dominant, its anatomy would indicate the right head would be better suited for eating.

This means that while the snakes left head is more dominant, it would be better for the right head to eat.


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".

It's now being cared for by an experienced viper keeper at a residence in Northern Virginia.

"Wild bicephalic snakes are exceptionally rare, because they just don't live that long", Kleopfer wrote. If this one survives.it will likely be donated to a zoo for an educational exhibit.


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