A snake with a super-rare mutation that has given the reptile two heads has been discovered in a house in Florida.
According to a report from LiveScience.com, the snake in question was found by Palm Harbor resident Kay Rogers, when her cat Olive dropped the animal on her living room floor a month ago.
According to ClickOrlando.com, Rogers and her family thought that the young southern black racer snake was injured at first, before realizing to their shock that it boasted a bifurcated neck and an extra head.
Rogers has now decided to temporarily adopt the two-headed creature. She posted an update on the animal's well-being in a status made on Facebook on September 25, writing:
"Just a little update on Dos (Avery named it...) for those who have asked. He is doing ok, his temporary home set up, his biggest problem is eating we are trying lots of things but he has trouble coordinating his two heads.
"We are actively working with a biologist from FWCs research department for a more permanent placement but so far he’s doing well with us. Thank you for all of you who have reached out with help and resources I really appreciate it!"
The Rogers family also notified the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Research Institute who have helped them to take care of Dos.
Researchers from the institute studied the snake closely and later provided their own update on the reptile in a post made on Facebook.
In it, a spokesperson for the FWC wrote:
"This phenomenon, termed bicephaly, is uncommon but happens during embryo development when two monozygotic twins failed to separate, leaving the heads conjoined onto a single body."
The spokesperson added:
"Both [heads] tongue flick and react to movement, but not always in the same way. 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."
However, this isn't the first time a bystander has stumbled upon a two-headed snake.
Back in 2018, a woman named Stephanie went viral after posting a picture of a similar-looking double-headed reptile on the Virginia Wildlife Management and Control’s Facebook.