Thelma and Louise amaze zoo visitors

Published July 10, 1991|Updated Oct. 13, 2005

Thelma and Louise are being held at the San Diego Zoo. But they're being well cared for; they get four mice a month _ and plenty of visitors.

Thelma and Louise are the names given to a rare two-headed female corn snake at the zoo's Klauber-Shaw Reptile House. The 3{-foot-long snake is connected just behind the heads.

The heads have identical markings. The right one has the appetite and is the only one to eat the twice-monthly meals of two full-grown mice.

As for the name?

Zoo spokeswoman Georgeanne Irvine, a big fan of the movie Thelma & Louise, said she thought it up in the shower. "I thought: What a perfect name for a female snake."