PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Finding a snake in Florida is not unusual. Finding a snake inside a Florida home is also common. But finding a two-headed snake in a Florida home? That’s a rarity.
The reptile was found in the home of Kay Rogers, wildlife officials said in a Facebook post.
The two-headed snake is a product of a phenomenon called bicephaly, the FWC said. That is when a developing embryo begins to separate but fails to split into twins. That leaves the snake with two heads conjoined onto a single body.
These kinds of snakes are unlikely to survive in the wild, since each head contains a brain that makes decisions that are not always in alignment with the other. That could hinder a snake’s ability to feed or avoid a predator, the FWC said. That includes the tongues of each head flicking and reacting to movement -- but not always in the same way.
The snake is currently being cared for and monitored by staff members of the FWC.
The snake is common in Florida and can be found all over the state, the museum said.