Two-headed snake found in KZN. Do you know any snakes with two heads? In KwaZulu-Natal, one has been discovered.
Nick Evans, a snake rescuer and environmentalist, claimed in a Facebook post that he was at a braai in Durban North when Ndwedwe sent him a startling image.
“This is something I certainly wasn’t expecting to pick up on a call! It was a Southern Brown Egg-eater, a common, totally harmless species. However, this one had two heads!”
Evans says two-headed snakes have hatched in captivity and in the wild, but they are rare.
“It is a deformity. The gentleman in Ndwedwe had found it out in the open, in his yard. I’m sure he was just as surprised as me! He didn’t want anyone to harm it, and put it in a bottle. He asked me to collect it and take it away from there. I thought that was really nice of him.”
A two-headed Southern Brown Egg-eater, that I picked up on a call recently. What a bizarre creature!
A rare deformity.
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Evan says he never saw a two headed snake before and jumped at the opportunity.
“It was such a strange sight, seeing this deformed snake. It’s a juvenile, around 30cm in length. It was quite interesting to see how it moved. Sometimes, the heads would try go in opposite directions from one another, other times, it would rest one head on the other. That seemed the most effective way of moving.”
Evans says the two-headed serpent is being taken care of.
“It is in professional care now. There is no point releasing it. As far as I am aware, they don’t generally live long. This one wouldn’t last long at all in the wild. It can barely move, and when it does, it does so incredibly slowly. Very easy pickings for a predator.”
“If it hatched months or weeks ago, and survived this long, I’ll be truly surprised,” Evans said.
Evans continues by saying that he is curious to see whether the two-headed snake can sustain itself on its own or not.
“They only eat bird eggs, so it will have to be tiny eggs. We want to try and learn as much as possible from this little one.”
Evans expressed gratitude to the local for saving the two-headed snake and promised to keep everyone updated on the status of his research on it.