A two-headed snake – with two individual brains – has been found in Qonce in the Eastern Cape.
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During a call out in the Eastern Cape, Neville’s Snake & Reptile Rescue discovered the two-headed neonate Wolf Snake, or Lycophidion capense.
According to Neville’S Snake & Reptile Rescue, the two-headed snake was found dead and probably a day or two old.
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“Two-headed snakes are a rare reptile deformity, similar to conjoined twins. Each head has its functional brain sharing a single body,” the Facebook post read.
The Cape Wolf Snake is a small snake that grows larger in the southern part of its range. It has a flattened head. Colouration is usually uniform dark brown to black, sometimes with each scale white-tipped and a white- or black-speckled belly, according to the Kruger National Park Siyabona Africa.
The female lays 3-9 eggs in early summer; they may hatch in only 51 days. Hatchlings measure about 120mm. These snakes eat skinks and lizards.
Neville’s Snake & Reptile Rescue stated that the two-headed snake would’ve been harmless, adding that two-headed snakes generally do not live for long in the wild.
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