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Agency says two-headed snake may go to educational facility

2 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Monday, September 24 2018 Sep 24, 2018 September 24, 2018 11:27 AM September 24, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - A wildlife and conservation research hospital says a two-headed snake recently found near the nation's capital may be sent to an educational facility.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia says the two-headed Eastern Copperhead was found in a northern Virginia neighborhood last week. It says a state herpetologist brought the snake to the hospital Thursday for an examination. A hospital release says the two heads were found to have two tracheas and two esophagi, but share one heart and set of lungs.

The Charlotte Observer reports state biologists believe both heads are capable of biting and distributing venom. State herpetologist J.D. Kleopfer says in a Facebook post that two-headed snakes are extremely rare because "they just don't live that long." He says he hopes to donate the snake to a zoo.

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