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Two-Headed Copperhead Found in Virginia

two-headed copperhead

Photo by J.D. Kleopfer/Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

In late September, a Virginia resident found a two-headed copperhead snake in her Woodbridge yard. The baby Eastern copperhead was retrieved by State Herpetologist J.D. Kleopfer and taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for x-rays so officials could determine how both the heads function with the body. Kleopfer stated that finding a two-headed snake alive in the wild is “exceptionally rare,” as they typically aren’t able to survive for very long on their own. The agency transferred the snake to a private reptile keeper. “It’s feeding and pooping, which are good signs,” says Kleopfer. — By Kennedy Kavanaugh

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