Tarry for the Nonce

October 12, 2005

Ssss and Ssss

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 1:39 pm

A biology professor from San Angelo discovered a two-headed rattlesnake:

The tiny Western diamondback rattler, about as thick as an adult human finger, was less than a foot long and appeared to be a month old, he said. The heads were fused at the neck and functional, although the left head seemed to be the more dominant.

Both tongues flicked out of the mouths, and all four eyes were open, he said. Each head had a full set of fangs . . .

McAllister discovered it had two hearts, two gall bladders, two tracheae and a divided liver.

McAllister also noted that snakes are an important part of the ecosystem and that a two-headed one is very rare.

Considering the knowledge he now has of its internal organs, I’d say it’s even rarer.


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