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Rare two-headed snake found in Palm Harbor

It’s Florida’s latest entry for the Bingo game that is 2020.
A rare two-headed southern black racer found in Florida. Images of the snake were posted to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Facebook page.
A rare two-headed southern black racer found in Florida. Images of the snake were posted to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Facebook page. [ JONATHAN MAYS/FWC | Orlando Sentinel ]
Published Oct. 23, 2020
Updated Oct. 23, 2020

Florida’s latest salvo in the Bingo game that is 2020 is a two-headed snake.

Images of the snake were posted to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Facebook page.

“A rare two-headed southern black racer was recently found at a residence in Palm Harbor by Kay Rogers and family,” reads the post.

FWC said the split heads on a single body is known as bicephaly, and it occurs while the snake is developing as an embryo “when two monozygotic twins failed to separate, leaving the heads conjoined onto a single body.”

The snake is now in the care of FWC staff.

“Two-headed snakes are unlikely to survive in the wild as the two brains make different decisions that inhibit the ability to feed or escape from predators,” the FWC said.

By Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel (TNS)