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Two-headed snake discovered in Texas backyard

By
Daniel Uria

WACO, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A two-headed snake was taken into a Texas zoo after a local woman discovered it slithering through her backyard.

The Cameron Park Zoo shared photos of the rare snake as zoo workers began the process of preparing it to be placed in an exhibit.

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"We have gotten the rat snake to eat and it seems to be doing well," the zoo wrote. "Snakes have a mandatory 90 day quarantine, so it will be a while until it goes on exhibit."

Zoo amphibian and reptile care supervisor Brian Henley told the Waco Tribune that the two-headed snake can be compared to conjoined twins and said staff would only feed one head.

"In speaking with people who have raised two-headed snakes, typically one head eats while the other head drinks," he said. "This snake is still young, so we will monitor it every feeding time."

According to Henley, a McLennan County resident found the 8-inch-long rat snake while walking her dog.

"Her dog found it, and it was probably just recently hatched. It's probably only about 6 to 8 weeks old now," he said. "She brought it in, and we were really surprised by it, because as long as I've been here, we've never had a two-headed animal at this zoo. This is pretty exciting for us."

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The zoo plans to determine the sex of the snake in the coming days and will hold a contest to name each of the heads.

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