The snake was found in a yard in Woodbridge and is young, at about two weeks old and small, at about 6 inches long, J.D. Kleopfer an amphibian specialist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries told the outlet.
The snake, found in Richmond, Virginia, in the United States, was taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia so experts could radiograph the beast and see how it could function with two heads. To which the Virginia Wildlife Management and Control replied, "Both". "Too many challenges living day to day with two heads".
However, in the care of herpetologists in museums and zoos - with safe enclosures and easy-to-eat food - bicephalic snakes can live long lives, like the two-headed grey rat snake at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, acquired in 2003 and still living large. The unnamed person, who found the reptile, contacted the Virginia Herpetological Society to identify the species, according to a CNN report. In this case, "The left head has the dominant esophagus and the right head has the more developed throat for eating", Kleopfer explained.
Snakes with a mutation like this have a hard time surviving in the wild, Kleopfer said, adding that it's because the two heads often want to do "two different things".
The two-headed snake was around six-inches but when fully grown, copperheads can measure 18-36-inches.
Despite Kleopfer's insistence that the snake is mostly harmless, this didn't stop people on social media being disturbed.
"The hashtags used in her Facebook post included: "#sohardnottolookatit", "#nobodyhastimeforthat" and "#justlookingatthismakesmeswear".
"Looks fake", one woman commented on a Facebook photo.