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2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 16th, 2014, 12:19 pm
by InfantryVeteran
One of my colleagues working in Virginia just sent me this photo of a ringneck he found today. I thought you all would appreciate it! What a find! And yes, it's alive!

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Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 16th, 2014, 1:11 pm
by BillMcGighan
Way cool :thumb: :thumb:

Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 16th, 2014, 4:45 pm
by Noah M
Wow, that is neat, and weird. Thanks for sharing!

Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 17th, 2014, 3:33 am
by chris_mcmartin
Maybe worth a writeup in Herp Review? How often are two-headed snakes found alive in the wild?

Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 17th, 2014, 6:20 am
by PrimitiveTim
Any updates on how it's doing or if it is eating?
chris_mcmartin wrote:Maybe worth a writeup in Herp Review? How often are two-headed snakes found alive in the wild?
More often than we think? Many probably go unreported. Here's another recent one. If anyone can ID it that would be awesome too. Ooh just found a video of it too:




Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 17th, 2014, 7:24 am
by Josh Holbrook
chris_mcmartin wrote:Maybe worth a writeup in Herp Review?

Most definitely would.

Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 17th, 2014, 11:01 am
by chris_mcmartin
PrimitiveTim wrote:
chris_mcmartin wrote:How often are two-headed snakes found alive in the wild?
More often than we think? Many probably go unreported.
On the contrary, due to the "newsworthiness" of two-headed snakes, and many people's inherent nature to want to claim a little bit of the limelight for discovering such an aberrancy, I personally think we hear about the majority that are found (not necessarily most that actually exist; just the ones that people discover).

What kind of fella would find a two-headed snake and not tell anyone? :P

Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 17th, 2014, 11:50 am
by PrimitiveTim
chris_mcmartin wrote:
PrimitiveTim wrote:
chris_mcmartin wrote:How often are two-headed snakes found alive in the wild?
More often than we think? Many probably go unreported.
On the contrary, due to the "newsworthiness" of two-headed snakes, and many people's inherent nature to want to claim a little bit of the limelight for discovering such an aberrancy, I personally think we hear about the majority that are found (not necessarily most that actually exist; just the ones that people discover).

What kind of fella would find a two-headed snake and not tell anyone? :P
Yeah, I wasn't talking about the ones found. I was talking about all that hatched out since I would think most don't survive very long.

Though, I am surprised the Turkish farmer didn't kill it. Much of the world is very superstitious about snakes and don't hesitate to kill any they see so a two headed snake may be perceived as extra evil and killed. idk, just a thought

Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 17th, 2014, 12:40 pm
by Josh Holbrook
I mean, a two headed snake is essentially the serpentine equivalent of a conjoined twin, so certainly not unheard of.

Re: 2 headed Northern Ringneck Snake

Posted: September 17th, 2014, 1:26 pm
by InfantryVeteran
I don't have any updates on the animal. The guy who found it took it to the virginia version of FWC.

It definitely looks like a very new hatchling.