A unusual young timber rattlesnake with two heads have been found by snake experts in New Jersey.
Herpetological Associates of Burlington County CEO Bob Zappalorti says the snake has two brains and each head acts independently of the other.
Two employees at the organization spotted the reptile in a nest where a timber rattlesnake was giving birth late last month.
The Herpetological Associates of Burlington County said the snake was dubbed “Double Dave” after being discovered by two employees who are both named Dave.
“It probably wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild,” Bob said.” As ir was crawling, there is a chance it could have gotten snagged on something, leaving it open to be eaten by predators.”
“It probably was meant to be a twin and it mutated and the female gave birth to this abnormal baby,” he said of Double Dave.
He said Double Dave is the first two-headed timber rattlesnake ever found in New Jersey. He said a similar snake was found in Alabama in 2009.
Herpetological Associates has taken the responsibility of taking care of the snake.