Two herpetologists in New Jersey – both named Dave – have discovered a rare two-headed snake called Double-Dave. Members of the Nobel Prize Committee : The ball is in your court.
Double-Dave is a baby rattlesnake only a few weeks old and about 9 inches (23 centimeters) long, after a new segment on ABC News . Herpetologists Dave Schneider and Dave Burkett, working with Herpetological Associates of Pemberton, New Jersey, discovered the critter a few weeks ago during a survey of nearby Pine Barrens – a densely forested area that spans the southern tip of the state ,
With two independent heads and one common body bicephalan animals like D-D rarely survive the wild maturity; Decisions that are so easy, whether you slide left or right, or which head you eat first, suddenly become staggering will-ends, where bicephalic animals are particularly susceptible to predators. With this knowledge in mind, the Dave decided to bring the young snake back to their office, where they have been feeding and caring for them for several weeks.
So far, Double-Dave seems to be getting along in his new home.
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"It's the head on the right that seems to be the more dominant," Schneider told ABC News. "But every now and then the other head wants to go in another direction."
Double-Dave seems to be healthy, although Schneider and his colleagues hope to be able to X-ray the creature soon to find out if there is a fully-developed digestive system.
While living examples of biceps such as Double-Dave are rare, two-headed creatures are born more often than one thinks. Last September, a two-headed viper was found slipping around a residential garden in Virginia. Radiographs showed that the creature had two trachea and two oesophageal tubes leading to a common heart and pulmonary system.
Previously, a two-headed deer was found dead in the woods of Minnesota and a two-headed porpoise was raised from the North Sea in 2017. Bicephalic animals have even crossed the line into space: Last year, a flatworm grew – a worm that spread after slicing can develop into a complete individual – on his butt a second head International Space Station.
Originally published on Live Science.