2-Headed Snake on Display at Zoo


The cream-coloured albino California Kingsnake has two heads, each with a pair of pink eyes and a flickering forked tongue. The two heads react differently and eat separately, but one is less important than the other.

"One head has to be isolated with a special spatula so that the second head does not block its swallowing. One head is the main head, and the second is subordinate - it's the same with all these 'dragons', " explained chief keeper at the snake-house, Dmytro Tkachov.

Zoo owner Oleg Zubkov takes his new sensation out from time to time and gets it used to a human touch, though most visitors prefer to stay safely on the other side of its glass cage.

The snake, which does not have a name, will be on display to visitors in the zoo until mid-September, the end of the tourist season in the Crimea.

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