A woman who lives at North Carolina turned to social media for help after finding a rare two-headed snake in her home.
Jeannie Wilson, of Taylorsville in Alexander County, shared has shared picture of the rare reptile on her Facebook profile, asking friends and family if the snake should be set free into the wild or donated to someone who could help care for it in captivity.
The woman said she nicknamed the snake Double Trouble. While the species is yet to be officially confirmed
“OK Facebook… anybody out there know of a place that would take Double Trouble and care for him/her or should I turn it loose? It’s not poisonous,” she wrote in a caption on Monday, alongside footage of the snake captured inside a container.
Based on the video, the snake’s heads appeared to be working independently of each other and a flickering tongue could be seen emerging from each one. While difficult to determine from the clip alone, the left head seemed significantly more dominant.
“I called my son-in-law, who wasn’t far away, and he said he’d be back,” Wilson said, speaking to local media outlet WSOC-TV. “I’m not crazy guys. He’s got two heads. When he got there, he said, ‘He does have two heads, doesn’t he?'”
Wilson told Newsweek: “We were having game night and the door was left open for some air. After everybody left I was in there cleaning up and saw it lying on the floor beside the table. I saw its heads first and couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to kill it so we put it in a jar. Everybody was amazed, ‘wow, a two-headed snake at Nana’s house.’
“I put it in a five gallon bucket to give it more room. I went to the science center and… told them what I had, they said ‘we would love to have it.’ They [the local science center staff] told me it was around four months old and was a rat snake and was fixing to shed… I guess that’s why it wasn’t eating.
“Watching them feed, often fighting over which head will swallow the prey, shows that feeding takes a good deal of time, during which they would be highly vulnerable to predators, “University of Tennessee herpetologist Gordon Burghardt told NatGeo.
“They also have a great deal of difficulty deciding which direction to go, and if they had to respond to an attack quickly they would just not be capable of it.”
According to NatGeo, evidence suggests one head may even attempt to attack or bite the other if they smell the scent of prey on themselves.