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US NewsThree-eyed snake found on roadside in Australia

14:50  02 may  2019
14:50  02 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Rangers found the "peculiar" creature with three functional eyes on a highway in the Northern Territory. Image caption 'Monty Python' died just weeks after it was found . Wildlife authorities have shared photos of a three - eyed snake that was found on a highway in northern Australia .

A three - eyed snake has been found by the road in Australia . Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife found the reptile, lovingly named Monty Python, on the Arnhem Highway near the small town of Humpty Doo. Sharing the snaps on their Facebook page, they said: "The three - eyed snake warns The Dry is

Three-eyed snake found on roadside in Australia © Other The three-eyed snake was found in Australia. Pic: Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife A three-eyed snake has been found by the road in Australia.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife found the reptile, lovingly named Monty Python, on the Arnhem Highway near the small town of Humpty Doo.

Sharing the snaps on their Facebook page, they said: "The three-eyed snake warns The Dry is coming!"

Three-eyed snake found on roadside in Australia © Other The snake passed away three weeks after it was found. Pic: Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Rangers say the snake measured around 40cm and was a juvenile.

X-rays of the snake were taken and revealed it had one skull, and not two heads forged together as was initially thought.

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The three - eyed snake warns The Dry is coming!Our Rangers found a three - eyed snake on the Arnhem Highway near Humpty According to local media, the carpet python was taken into captivity after it was found in March but died soon after. The snake 's misshapen skull reportedly meant it had

Three - eyed snake found on Australian highway Wildlife authorities have shared photos of a three - eyed snake that was found on a highway in northern Australia .

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife said: "It was generally agreed that the eye likely developed very early during the embryonic stage of development. It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are relatively common."

Three-eyed snake found on roadside in Australia © Other The two-headed lizard was handed into a reptile park. Pic: Australian Reptile Park Local media in Australia reported that the snake was found in March, and after three weeks in captivity it passed away.

It is thought the snake's additional eye meant it was struggling to eat, and as a result it became malnourished.

The photos have been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, and drawn thousands of bemused comments.

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Wildlife authorities have shared photos of a three - eyed snake that was found on a highway in northern Australia .The Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife “I haven’t seen a three - eyed snake before, but we have a two-headed carpet python in our lab – it’s just a different kind of mutation like what we see

A three - eyed snake has been found by the road in Australia . Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife found the reptile, lovingly named Monty Python It is thought the snake 's additional eye meant it was struggling to eat, and as a result it became malnourished. The photos have been shared more than 13

Three-eyed snake found on roadside in Australia © Other The additional eye was fully working. Pic: Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife It is not the first time a deformed reptile has been found in Australia this year - a two-headed blue-tongue lizard was found in New South Wales.

Named Lucky, he is now being kept at a reptile park as reptiles that have deformities have a small life expectancy in the wild.

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