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OffbeatTwo-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest

18:24  06 september  2019
18:24  06 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Scientists have named a rare two - headed snake Double Dave after it was found in a forest in the US state of New Jersey. The baby timber rattlesnake was discovered last month by environmentalists from the Herpetological Associates group, who study endangered and threatened reptiles.

A rare two - headed baby timber rattlesnake has been found in a forest in the US state of New Jersey. The reptile, named Double Dave , was spotted Two - headed snakes are usually born the same way as conjoined twins: a developing embryo begins to split into identical twins - but then stops part way.

Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest © Other 'Double Dave' was discovered in a New Jersey forest. Pics: ABC News

A rare two-headed rattlesnake - named Double Dave - has been found in a forest in the United States.

The baby timber rattlesnake was discovered in New Jersey's Pine Barrens last month by environmentalists from the Herpetological Associates group.

The group, which is looking after the snake, has been studying endangered and threatened reptiles and amphibians since 1977.

Bob Zappalorti, chief executive of Herpetological Associates of Burlington County, said it was the first two-headed timber rattlesnake ever found in the US state of New Jersey.

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A rare two - headed baby timber rattlesnake has been found in a forest in the US state of New Jersey. The reptile, named Double Dave , was spotted last Two - headed snakes are usually born the same way as Siamese twins: a developing embryo begins to split into identical twins - but then stops part way.

Double Dave was found by two men called DaveCredit: AP:Associated Press. Double Dave is a Dave Schneider and his colleague, who is also called Dave , found the creature so named it after This issue means Double Dave isn't likely to survive in the wild so the snake has been re-homed in

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Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest
Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest

Colleagues David Schneider and Dave Burkett - hence the nickname - stumbled across the days-old rattlesnake in a known nesting area in Burlington County.

They were not expecting to find one with two heads.

"I was just blown away," Mr Schneider told NBC News.

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A multi- headed timber rattlesnake has been christened “ Double Dave ” after being found in the heavily- forested Pine Barrens region of New Jersey by two employees of the Herpetological And executive director Robert Zappalorti has named the snake in honor of the two employees who found it.

The two -week-old snake was born with two distinct heads . The heads emerge from one shared body, extending just a few centimeters from the fork Each head lucidly examines their (or its) environment, flicking two distinct tongues through the air. The snake (or snakes ) was brought to celebrity vet Dr. K

While its mother was looking the other way, he picked up the newborn, which he said "looked healthy".

Two-headed snake, named 'Double Dave', found in forest © Other It is the first two-headed timber rattlesnake ever found in New Jersey

"The extra head is definitely going to be a burden on it" in the wild and make it hard to get away from predators or crawl into holes, he said.

He said the right side appeared to be the dominant, as both heads pulled in different directions at the same time.

"We're just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping this thing stays healthy and we can keep it for a while," he added.

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