'Extremely rare' two-headed copperhead snake discovered by Virginia woman in her backyard
Stephanie Myers had found the rare two-headed snake coiled on her neighbor's flowerbed last week, a sight that she couldn't avert her eyes from.
Virginia Wildlife Management and Control has left their Facebook followers stunned after sharing “extremely rare photos” of a two-headed copperhead snake. A member of the viper family, the venomous snake was discovered by a Virginia woman in the backyard of her residence in Woodbridge, Virginia. She eventually sent the photos over to the state agency.
According to reports, Stephanie Myers found the rare two-headed snake coiled on her neighbor's flowerbed last week, a sight that she couldn't avert her eyes from. "I wanted to look away but couldn’t stop looking at it. Plays trick on the eyes," she told USA Today.
Later pictures of the young viper were posted by Virginia Wildlife Management and Control on their official Facebook page.
"Hey y’all, check out these extremely rare photos of an actual “2 headed” copperhead, that was found in someone’s yard in Woodbridge, Virginia, and sent to our Facebook page, this evening!..Cool huh?.." the post shared by the department read. "Got snakes or any other kind of wildlife, reptile, bee, wasp or hornet issues?..If so, contact us anytime day or night at 804-617-7086."
Asides from the pictures, the wildlife management department also shared a video of the two-headed viper as it wriggled inside a container.
The post has since sparked a barrage of curious questions from social media users. "Do both heads eat or just one?" asked one follower, to which the handle replied, "Both".
Another user enquired about the credibility of the pictures. But as it turns out, the pictures are absolutely authentic and of a two-headed copperhead snake. “Absolutely not a fake! We assure you, it’s very real and was shedding its skin,” the department assured.
According to the National Geographic, two-head snakes develop from an embryo that has not properly split into two, just like the Siamese twins. “Snakes operate a good deal by smell, and if one head catches the scent of prey on the other's head, it will attack and try to swallow the second head,” the site added.