Rare two-headed snake found in Croatia on Sunday
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Rare two-headed snake found in Croatia on Sunday
For some, one headed snakes are unpleasant enough, but are two heads really better than one?

A juvenile two-headed grass snake has been discovered in a small town near Croatia's capital city, Zagreb.

The rather bizarre (yet sweet, if I do say so myself) reptile was found by Josip Vranic close to his garage in the small town of Kravarsko, which lies approximately 36km from Zagreb, Barcroft TV reports.


The condition of multiple heads, formally known as Polycephaly, occurs in the same ways as conjoined twins where a developing embryo begins to split into identical twins, but for some reason does not complete the process. Two-headed (called bicephalic or dicephalic in the scientific world) and three-headed (tricephalic) animals are the only type of multi-headed creatures seen outside of mythology. Two-headed people and animals, though rare, have long been known to exist and have been documented.

While two-headed snakes are perfectly able to survive, they usually do not cope well in the wild because each brain in each head has its own personality. Constant ''arguments'' with each other and being preoccupied and uncoordinated leaves them vulnerable to predators looking for an easy lunch.

Thankfully, the good-hearted Josip Vranic saved the lucky little snake from certain death and he/she has since been taken to the safety of a local zoo.