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Agency says two-headed snake may go to educational facility

Posted: 5:16 AM, Sep 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-24 06:19:14-04

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) – A wildlife and conservation research hospital says a two-headed snake recently found near the nation’s capital may be sent to an educational facility.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia says the two-headed Eastern Copperhead was found in a northern Virginia neighborhood last week. It says a state herpetologist brought the snake to the hospital Thursday for an examination.

A hospital release says the two heads were found to have two tracheas and two esophagi, but share one heart and set of lungs. The Charlotte Observer reports state biologists believe both heads are capable of biting and distributing venom.

Wild two-headed snakes are extremely rare – they just don’t live that long. The herpetologist will continue monitoring the snake; if it survives, it will likely be placed in an educational facility. (The Wildlife Center of Virginia)

State herpetologist J.D. Kleopfer says in a Facebook post that two-headed snakes are extremely rare because “they just don’t live that long.” He says he hopes to donate the snake to a zoo.

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