Monday, September 10, 2007

two-headed snake

The six-year-old snake came to the The World Aquarium in St Louis attention when its previous owner offered it for sale days after its birth.The aquarium paid $US15,000 ($A20,514), knowing full well that most two-headed snakes don't live more than a few months.

But she has survived and thrived. Two-and-a-half centimetres thick and 1.2 metres long, she is a healthy size for a rat snake. While her body is white, the heads have a reddish appearance.she has survived because, unlike some two-headed animals, both mouths are connected to the same stomach, Sonnenschein said.Van Wallach of Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology said she should live an additional 10 to 15 years. And Sonnenschein said it's at a ripe age for breeding.The snake has been in the spotlight before.In 2004, a disgruntled City Museum worker stole We. Authorities found the snake in the garage of the man's home in Illinois.
This is the only one of its kind in the world as recorded up to date.

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