Two-headed snake. Now, while most uses of this phrase are as an idiom to denote two people who are acting in tandem to do more harm than good, it strikes fear in MY heart, because I know two-headed snakes are real.

But it doesn't just happen with snakes. I remember visiting the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Gatlinburg--or maybe it was in Florida--and there was a stuffed two-headed calf.

Of course it would lead anyone to wonder how that could happen, but if you think about it and do some digging, it makes sense.

It's a condition known as polycephaly and it means just exactly what I thought--twins that did not separate after fertilization, as confirmed by a page at AllThatsInteresting.com, where you can click through to a GALLERY of polycephalic creatures.

On to the two-headed snake, since I started this whole thing (yeah, it makes me uncomfortable, since I despise snakes and I'm talking about one with TWO HEADS).

I'm not sure why this came up in my feed, but it did.

I had forgotten about Kentucky's two-headed copperhead from 2018. It was discovered by a couple in Leslie County and they turned it over to the Salato Wildlife Education Center, where the state herpetologist, Johh MacGregor, discussed this remarkable find:

By the way, kudos to the Leslie County couple who got that snake to the Center, since it was, after all, a COPPERHEAD.

Stay safe everyone, and may all your snakes have only ONE set of fangs.

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