A two-headed snake has emerged in North Carolina

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Although rare, two-headed snakes do exist. Newly, a two-headed eastern milk snake has been making headlines in North Carolina. This one was bred by Jimmy Mabe, curator of the reptile collection at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Mabe indicates that each of the serpent’s heads had its own personality. The right head would be notably more aggressive than the left. For his part, Jeff Beane, head of herpetology collections at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explains that heads are composed differently because they have different brains.

According to scientists, snakes born with two heads have a shorter lifespan than normal snakes. One head usually dominates the other. However, the two heads are rarely aggressive towards each other. In addition, their conflicts revolve only around the direction to take or the sharing of food.

The two-headed eastern milk snake from North Carolina was named Gemini. Jimmy Mabe’s wife says he was among the last snake eggs from their hatchery to hatch this year. Since hatching from the egg, the reptile would be in perfect health and would have no difficulty feeding.

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