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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two-Headed Animals

two-headed South African Tortoise

Noel Daniels of Wellington discovered this one month old two-headed South African Tortoise in the Western Cape in 2003. According to tortoise expert Dr Ernst Baard of the Cape Nature Conservation, two-headed tortoises are extremly rare and might be the product of a genetic deviation during the development of the embryo (Telegraph.co.uk).


two headed turtle

Store manager Jay Jacoby displays a two-headed red slider turtle at Big Al's Aquarium Supercenter in East Norriton Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. The rare turtle is on display at the store. (Matt Rourke/ AP Photo )



Mascot of shelters for animals in New York – rare two headed turtle - was the right star newspaper article only a few days earlier. It is, unfortunately, stolen from the pool of whom are located, even before that article was published in local newspapers (De Clubz).


two-headed Terrapin

This rare 9.4 inch-long, two-headed Terrapin, an amphibious reptile with a semi-hard shell, was displayed at Thailand's government Fisheries Department in 2000 to educate people on the varieties and importance of marine life in Thailand. Terrapins, peculiar to Asia, are farmed in Thailand and then exported to Taiwan and China for human consumption in a soup which is claimed to keep the consumer warm (Telegraph.co.uk).


two-headed 'Macroprotodon Cucullatus' snake

This two-headed 'Macroprotodon Cucullatus' snake was found by some workers in a hotel garden on the Mediterrannean island of Mallorca in 2002. This kind of snake reaches a length of 60-70 centimetres and its bite is not lethal for human beings (Telegraph.co.uk).



Rat snake! Not only it is albino skinned, it is two-headed as well.
Leonard Sonnenschein, president of the World Aquarium in St. Louis, holds We, a two-headed albino rat snake, in 2006....before putting up the reptile for auction on eBay (RWS photo).


two-headed baby crocodile

This two-headed baby crocodile was born at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm on the outskirt of Bangkok in June 2001. The crocodile, which shares the bottom part of the body, has eight legs and two tails. It is measured at 6.69-inches long and weighs at 0.15 lbs (Telegraph.co.uk).


the two-headed calf

Reflections, the two-headed calf, was born at Garry Slife's farm in Independence, Iowa in 1998. It took about an hour to deliver the calf by Caesarean section (Telegraph.co.uk).



This two-headed calf, which was the product of artificial insemination, was born with two faces Dec. 27, 2006, on a Virginia farm. She breathes out of two noses and has two tongues, which move independently. (Jean Farley, Wytheville Enterprise Via Bristol Herald Courier/AP Photo)



Blinky the cow was born with two heads. Although the calf is clearly special, unfortunately, the life span of two-headed cows is not very long, which does not bode well for Blinky, who can't stand or sit on her own. Greg Hamstra, owner of Hamstra's Dairy in Tulare, Calif., where the calf was born, said, "We call her Blinky because all four eyes blink at the same time." (ABC News)


two-headed pig

Rudy, the two-headed pig, was born in the farm of Scott and Vicki Vorwald in Iowa in 1997. Weighing nearly 150 lbs, he was sold to the Los Angeles-based animal rescue organization 'Pigs Without Partners'. Most two-headed pigs are stillborn or die shortly after birth (Telegraph.co.uk).



A two-headed kitten born in Wood County, Ohio, died after only a few days. The kitten was born with four eyes, two noses and one mouth. (ABC)


two headed bobtail lizard

The two-headed bobtail lizard (a type of skink native to Australia, also known as the Shingleback) was rescued in Coogee, New South Wales, by workers from a reptile park.

Now housed at the reptile park in Henley Brook, Perth, it's doing well - despite the fact that two-headed lizards tend to not have very long life expectancies.

The lizard - which doesn't just have two heads, but has a set of forelegs on either side of each head - is even able to eat with both mouths.

The major downside of having two heads is that it makes moving around quite difficult, and the larger of the two heads has a tendency to try and attack the smaller head (METRO.co.uk)

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