A woman in Virginia found a rare two-headed copperhead snake in her neighbor's yard.
The snake was turned over to the Virginia Wildlife Management & Control, and is now being cared for by a reptile keeper. A Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries specialist, J.D, Kleoper has been posting social media updates on the snake's condition. He wrote in a Facebook post:
This two-headed copperhead was found in northern Virginia. Wild bicephalic snakes are exceptionally rare, because they just don't live that long. Too many challenges living day to day with two heads. Thanks to the Wildlife Center of Virginia we were able to determine that the left head has the dominant esophagus and the right head has the more developed throat for eating. With a little luck and care, we hope to eventually donate it to a zoological facility for exhibit. It's currently being cared for by a private reptile keeper with lots of experience in breeding and rearing vipers.
What's most important to know at this time is that both heads seem capable of biting.
We'll keep out distance, thanks.
An "exceptionally rare" two-headed copperhead snake was found in Virginia. Wildlife experts are caring for it, and… https://t.co/H8t96KIGq4— CNN Breaking News (@CNN Breaking News)1537732222.0
People on Twitter were certainly having some feels about this.
@cnnbrk When I seen that snake! https://t.co/IZakv4AqZO— It's your boy, Kev (@It's your boy, Kev)1537732336.0
@cnnbrk https://t.co/MUbn9AfB5M— CalamityJane🥃 (@CalamityJane🥃)1537736341.0
@cnnbrk Oh ok cool https://t.co/VxQBeBmt96— Always Irish ☘️ (@Always Irish ☘️)1537735425.0
@cnnbrk Snake? Two-Headed? https://t.co/PyfKPJyZES— Yvette Smith-Smith (@Yvette Smith-Smith)1537733986.0
Some folks felt it should be left alone.
@cnnbrk It looks like it’s surviving pretty well... what are y’all about to mess with it for...??? Smdh— iceburgthicke (@iceburgthicke)1537733749.0
@cnnbrk Maybe just like... leave it where it was.— Bubs (@Bubs)1537733318.0
@cnnbrk Sounds like it already was surviving in the wild before it was picked up. Should have left it there so it could keep surviving.— Thomas Buckley (@Thomas Buckley)1537732689.0
Sam Vinograd is simply hoping her sister doesn't get any ideas.
Let's just keep it out of the White House.
@cnnbrk We have a two faced snake in the Whitehouse but I guess that’s not the same.— Sober Observer (@Sober Observer)1537734514.0
@cnnbrk Be careful it’s one of Trump’s horcruxes— Michael Goergen (@Michael Goergen)1537732444.0
@cnnbrk Kinda reminds me of trump and Pence— Jim Kirby 🇺🇸🇪🇸 (@Jim Kirby 🇺🇸🇪🇸)1537742205.0
@cnnbrk Oh snap, someone found Lindsey Graham in Virginia?— Martino the great. (@Martino the great.)1537735482.0
@cnnbrk This should be the new Republican party symbol.— Now What (@Now What)1537747078.0
@cnnbrk Will no doubt run on GOP ticket. And win.— Barbara Oblinger (@Barbara Oblinger)1537737970.0
What can we say? It's 2018, of course a two-headed snake would lead to politics.