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Friday, 14 August 2015

Chinese Two-Headed Cobra

Back in the 1970s I looked into reports of a two-headed snake found near Rome, Italy.  I discovered that two-headed snakes are not ultra-rare but do make headlines!

And fighting with each other -or showing aggression toward one another- makes you realise HOW independent each is of the other...while...being the "other" as well.  My head hurts.

It may well be that inbreeding is a cause here since the person who found it was a snake-breeder and many snakes are bred for consumption in China so there is a need for a constant supply. Snake soup, friend snake -in 2014 a chef died after being bitten by a cobra he was intending on cooking -the kicker here is that the cobra head bit him 20 minutes after decapitation (reminds me of that old movie line from Walter Brennan -"Wuz you ever stung by a dead bee?").

My sympathies lie with the snakes.


A Chinese snake breeder recently made a rather unexpected discovery: a two-headed baby Chinese cobra, both with individual, fully-functioning brains.

So far the unique animal is yet to eat or drink water on its own and is currently being cared for at Nanning Zoo. An official from the Zoo told Discovery that the snake is pencil thin with a brown backside, and is currently 20 centimeters long.

Both halves move independently of each other and have even displayed aggressive behavior and posturing toward one another. Nanning Zoo noted that the two heads will often come together as if to fight.

If the snake does begin to eat and drink naturally, it’s possible that it could grow to its full length of 1.2 meters.
If it eats and drinks at least this snake(s) future is safer as a zoo exhibit.

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