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A woman spotted a snake in her neighbor’s flowerbed slithering around. The state of Virginia’s goal will be to display the two-headed snake in a Virginia zoo. Virginia Wildlife and Control have posted images and a clip of the snake on its Facebook account. Some people have commented if it was even real. The process of getting a two-headed snake is rare in having the zygote or cell with a combined two haploids gametes splits but, not all the way; around a quarter of the way.

The snake was a young two-week old snake and was about six inches long. The snake right now is being taken cared of at an experienced viper keeper in Northern Virginia. The state herpetologist (the study of reptiles and amphibians) says, “The few two-headed snakes around typically don’t survive for long in the wild, because each brain often wants to do “two different things.” J.D Kleopfer says that the left headed snakehead has greater dominance over the esophagus and the right head has a more developed throat for eating.

Copperhead snakes are usually not fatal for humans because the venom that it has is very mild. Copperhead snakes are pit vipers which means that their eye and nostril have heat-sensory pits on each side of their head. Copperhead snakes usually average at about two to three feet in lengthwise. Copperheads usually have a very distinctive shady brown colors, dark orange, and sometimes even dark red.

Copperhead snakes have many habitats in the United States from the south part of New England to the west of Texas and northern Mexico. Copperhead snakes are usually found in places with wood or in forests. Copperhead snakes have been found mostly in, wooded areas, trees, trunks or something that it can go under and live.

A Copperhead snake’s usual diet is mice, small rodents or any other small living thing. Adult Copperhead snakes can usually eat about ten to twelve meal a year depending on the quantity of the food and body of the snake.

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