Large, Rare Two-Headed Snake Found in Florida 

Two Headed Snake
Jonathan Mays / FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Of course Florida would be the home of a big two-headed snake. The serpent was found last week by a resident in Palm Harbor. Fish and wildlife officials were summoned to retrieve the extremely rare "Southern Black Racer."

“This phenomenon, termed bicephaly, is uncommon but happens during embryo development when two monozygotic twins failed to separate, leaving the heads conjoined onto a single body," said the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on its Facebook page.

"Both head's tongue flick and react to movement, but not always in the same way. Two-headed snakes are unlikely to survive in the wild as the two brains make different decisions that inhibit the ability to feed or escape from predators."

The snake is in the institute's care. 


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