Are Two Snake Heads More Poisonous Than One?

Posted on September 19, 2009

A two-headed cobra has been born in China. Such anomalies among snakes are rare but they do happen. As far as anyone knows, this is the first incidence of such an occurrence with a cobra.

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The owner of the snake is one Mr. Liu, a railroad worker who breeds snakes as a hobby. He bought 10 snake eggs to hatch at his home in Jiangxi province in eastern China.

He got the surprise of his life when he first saw the reptile, which is able to eat out of both sides of its mouth simultaneously.

“When the cobras hatched out, one of them had two heads. The cobra is able to eat using both of its mouths…Its four eyes were cloudy at birth, but that will change when the snake sheds its skin for the first time,” said Liu.

Snakes born two heads have been known to live up to 20 years in captivity, and Thelma and Louise, a two-headed snake that lived at the San Diego Zoo in California, had 15 offspring during her lifetime. Still, these snakes have many difficulties, and two heads aren’t better than one in this instance.

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The major problem with this anomaly is that both snake heads have to decide they are hungry at the same time, and then they have to agree to pursue the same prey. Then they might fight over which head gets to swallow the prey.

To make matters even more complicated, since snakes operate by smell, if one head catches the scent of prey on the other’s head, it may attack and try to swallow its second head!

Snakes with two heads occur in the same way Siamese twins are born to humans. A developing embryo starts out normally as it begins to split into identical twins, but then for some unknown reason that process is interrupted part way, leaving the twins joined. Variations occur at the point the embryo ceases to separate, and snakes, just like Siamese twins, can be joined at the breast, hip or head.

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A spokesman for the local wild animal protection centre said the two-headed snake was most likely the result of genetic mutation.

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Mother Nature is a trickster, no?

What do YOU think about this?

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MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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8 comments
Milky
Milky

I think they're really cute! I've always loved venomous snakes, especially cobras, and i think these little guys are adorable.

bibalavida
bibalavida

So... is two-headed more poisonous than one-headed??? Or i missed out the answer?

Abrham Ayalew Yimer
Abrham Ayalew Yimer

I have never seen such a weird nature.Since it has two heads with two poisoner thungs,this amaizing cobra with two head will be poisoner than one head cobra.I think so.

Gabe Shi
Gabe Shi

That's actually kind of cute. Deadly, but cute still.

Pamela
Pamela

neat!!! this is a case of two heads being better then one.i have seen a two headed rattler but never a cobra