Rare 'two-headed' snake spotted in resident's backyard

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Both heads are capable of catching and swallowing prey - and that's where the trouble starts.

"Looks fake", one woman commented on a Facebook photo.

A rare two-headed copperhead was found in Northern Virginia this month.

One such snake - a baby, two-headed copperhead - was recently discovered slithering around a family's yard in northern Virginia.

Their occurrence in the wild is "exceptionally rare, "state herpetologist John D. Kleopfer wrote in a Facebook post, "because they just don't live that long".

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control shared photos of the two-headed reptile after it was recovered from a Woodbridge resident's yard. "Too many challenges living day to day with two heads", he added.

Further the radiographs revealed that the snake has two tracheas, with the left one more developed.

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He said he had been fielding calls and messages from around the country from people looking to buy the rare reptile.

In a statement, the Wildlife Center said, "It appears as though the left head is more dominant - it's generally more active and responsive to stimulus".

"With a little luck and care, we hope to eventually donate it to a zoological facility for exhibit", he said.

The snake - a venomous copperhead, is believed to have been inhabiting a flower patch in the garden for a number of days.

Kleopfer also later spoke to USA Today about the incredible find, reportedly stating that the snake, a member of the viper family, is now being cared for by an experienced viper keeper.

He said: "They inject venom, which causes tissue destruction and platelet loss, which causes bleeding and can cause death".

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