"Exceptionally rare" two-headed venomous snake found in Virginia backyard

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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.

According to the news report, the baby Eastern Copperhead was taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro for radiographs so that the officials could examine the snake and figure out how the two heads functioned along with the single body.

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.

"Too many challenges living day to day with two heads", Kleopfer said. He said the person who found the snake asked that their name not be released.

Kleopfer said that in this case, 'The left head has the dominant esophagus and the right head has the more developed throat for eating'.




Their occurrence in the wild is "exceptionally rare, "state herpetologist John D. Kleopfer wrote in a Facebook post, "because they just don't live that long".

He told USA Today that the snake was young, probably around two weeks old, and that the "little guy" wasn't much of a threat to humans.

"It's now being cared for by a private reptile keeper with lots of experience in breeding and rearing vipers".

"Check out these extremely rare photos of an actual 2-headed copperhead that was found in someone's yard in Woodbridge.Cool, huh?" the department captioned the post, which had more than 1,000 shares and 600 reactions as of Friday afternoon.

"This is what nightmares are made of", wrote Dorothy McColl Holmberg on the post. He says he hopes to donate the snake to a zoo.

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