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      He can use some 'TLC'...I hope he eats ok and does well.


      http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/201...o-headed-snak/

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      Wow. Normally those don't live very long. I'd love to see a video of how it eats.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bcr_229 View Post
      Wow. Normally those don't live very long. I'd love to see a video of how it eats.
      Yes, me too. I would have loved the challenge of rehabilitating such a rattlesnake. It's hard to tell from photos but somewhere mentioned that he's not in the
      best of shape, which is likely due to the confusion (or even competition) of having 2 heads. Poor fellow. I have days where I "feel" like that, but happily only
      have one in actuality, lol.
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      Poor little twin rattlesnakes. Looks like stuck sheds and possible a kink. I doubt it would make it another 6 months.

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      Quote Originally Posted by acephantom903 View Post
      Poor little twin rattlesnakes. Looks like stuck sheds and possible a kink. I doubt it would make it another 6 months.
      A stuck shed is normal, all things considered. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he has a kink, defects often occur in multiples when 'nature' messes up, but I'd give
      him a chance in caring hands, which he seems to be. I hope he has too much appetite rather than too little, but if he does, I'd be interested to see if he has enough
      range of motion in his neck that his heads can actually interfere with each other...or if they're stuck facing outward.
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      Here's a little update to the snake, plus a "bonus", a 2-headed turtle! FYI, I've never heard of a snake being "too young to eat"...maybe the reporter misunderstood?

      2-headed turtle finds home in Little Rock lab

      RACHEL HERZOG
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      LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas State University assistant herpetology professor Lori Neuman-Lee isn’t scared of reptiles — but she never thought she would be studying twoheaded ones. Since she joined the faculty about a month ago, her lab has become home to a snake and a turtle found in Arkansas that have four heads between them. The Arkansas Democrat- Gazette reported that on Sept. 6, an electric worker found a two-headed rattlesnake outside a home on Arkansas 248. The snake was brought to Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro and then given to Neuman-Lee.
      When Neuman-Lee went to pick up the snake Sept. 8, she said, facility Director Shaun Merrell asked if she was interested in another reptile — a twoheaded snapping turtle found on a farm near Little Rock.
      “I said, ‘Sure,’” she said with a laugh. The turtle was in her lab less than a week later.
      Two-headed animals are rare and seldom survive in the wild, Neuman-Lee said. They move awkwardly and have trouble hiding and finding food.
      A challenge of taking care of them, she said, is that it’s unclear what internal problems having two heads might cause for the animal. She plans to give them CT scans.
      But so far, she said, they appear to be doing just fine.
      Both animals are a few weeks old. The snake is too young to be able to eat, but it has been drinking water from both heads, which Neuman-Lee said is a sign its digestive system is working.
      She noted that the turtle has eaten from both heads and is becoming less clumsy.


      At first, she said, it looked like neither head was in control as it stumbled awkwardly around its enclosure, and she was worried it would drown in the shallow water.
      But under her care, Neuman-Lee said, it’s gotten more coordinated and can quickly flip over when placed on its back. She compared its improvement to how other animals adapt to their environments.
      “They’ve got two heads, so they’ve got to figure out how that’s going to work,” she said. “It’s amazing.”
      The snake has two names — Deuce and Hydra. The turtle is currently unnamed, but Neuman-Lee said she might host a naming contest.



     

     

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