A woman in Northern Virginia was farming around her residence on Sunday night when she came across a venomous viper with two heads. State herpetologist J.D. Kleopfer, a reptiles and amphibians specialist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, told USA TODAY that this find is “extremely rare.” A state agency, specifically an experienced viper keeper, is currently taking care of the snake, which could end up on display at a zoo.
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As scary as two-headed snakes seem, they actually have quite a lot of trouble surviving in the wild due to the differing agendas of each head. The newly discovered snake has been studied, and according to Kleopfer, "Thanks to the Wildlife Center of Virginia we were able to determine that the left head has the dominant esophagus and the right head has the more developed throat for eating.”
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The WCV went on to explain, “It appears as though the left head is more dominant – it’s generally more active and responsive to stimulus. Radiographs revealed that the two-headed snake has two tracheas , two esophaguses , and the two heads share one heart and one set of lungs. Based on the anatomy, it would be better for the right head to eat, but it may be a challenge since the left head appears more dominant.”
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that copperheads typically end up being around 18-36 inches long and, despite being venomous, aren’t partially aggressive. Although, they will attack people if provoked or disturbed. The woman who found the two-headed snake in her neighbor’s flowerbed in Woodbridge told USA TODAY, "I wanted to look away but couldn’t stop looking at it. Plays trick on the eyes.” Check it out below...