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The snake with two heads

Snake with two heads

Snake with two heads In this Era of Photoshop, a lot of persons have become overly skeptical whenever it comes to seemingly supernatural situations. Afterall, nobody wants to look like a gullible idiot.

However, the fact remains that mother nature likes to throw a bit of a curve ball every now and then to keep us on our toes: one of them happens to be a snake with two heads

Before we get right on it, I’ll like to back it up a little bit; what exactly is this strange phenomenon and what does science have to say about it?

Organisms having two heads happen to be a disorder known as bicephaly and believe it or not, it’s not entirely unheard of.

It’s a phenomenon that’s been around for over 150 million years and it’s been known to occur in sharks, turtles, kittens, and in this case; snakes. And I can assure you, it doesn’t have anything to do with spirits and curses

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How does a snake with two heads come to be?

Well, a snake, alongside every other animal bearing two heads exist as a result of environmental and genetic abnormalities which pops up when the animal is in its embryonic stage.

Two separate embryos that were supposed to grow independently join together to form a single entity but they do it partially. This is an extremely massive inconvenience and a major setback as these unfortunate creatures never live long enough to reproduce.

With that out of they way, I’d love you to meet this super rare two headed eastern copperhead snake which was discovered in woodbridge, virginia.

Snake with two heads An expert who visited the case explained that he had worked with so many snakes like this but they’ve all been as a result of inbreeding, this one on the other hand was roaming freely in the wild and it really surprised him.

Snakes in this condition aren’t very fast and also find it very difficult to run from predators as well as find food. This makes their existence more and more difficult.

A snake with two heads always have a single stomach but the heads find it difficult to cooperate; in some cases, one of the head might have a domineering behavior and would always lead to a fight, sometimes the two heads fight each other for one prey and this could get very messy.

If they manage to cooperate, there’s another big problem: they’re practically sharing one throat so caretakers try their best to not let them swallow at the same time.

Why is bicephaly most common in reptiles?

Well, it all boils down to the fact that reptiles lay their eggs and reproduce in mass so there’s a much higher chance of the embryos fusing with each other and giving rise to bicephaly, which in this case: a snake with two heads.

It also has to do with the fact that reptiles lay eggs outside their bodies and into the environment. This makes it very much easier for their offspring to be affected by environmental factors like temperature, humidity, and in some cases, radiation.

This also happens in mammals but are even rarer because their systems actively look out for defects like this and then proceed to initiate a miscarriage and spontaneous abortion.

Obviously, this system gets very defective sometimes and it could lead to a perfectly healthy baby getting miscarried or a malformed baby being born. Oh! And do you know bicephaly can also happen to humans?

The snake with two heads But that’ll be a story for another day.

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Ossai Cj

I’m a blogger, writer and networker with a passion for science and all things nerdy. I’m currently studying veterinary medicine in the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. I really don’t have much else to say about myself, my life’s pretty much like anyone else’s.

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