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Audubon Zoo's two-headed snake, a gift from Nicolas Cage, has died

2 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, September 16 2021 Sep 16, 2021 September 16, 2021 11:34 AM September 16, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS - Harvey, a rare twin-headed snake given to the Audubon Zoo by Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage, has died.

The zoo announced Wednesday that the 14-year-old gopher snake passed away due to complications brought on by his old age. 

Aside from his appearance, Harvey's arrival at the zoo was also unorthodox, having been donated by the Academy Award-winning actor over a decade ago. Cage, who previously owned two homes in the New Orleans area, donated the reptile to the Audubon Nature Institute in 2008.

Harvey, named after Batman villain Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, had two fully functional heads which shared a single set of organs. The zoo said it's rare for snakes with two heads to survive hatching and even more uncommon for them to make it to adulthood. 

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