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IN Animals ON 16 Feb, 2016
A two-headed Python, born in captivity in Wodonga, near Victoria and New SouthWales border (Australia), was found recently. The rare Python is the result of the pairing of the five-year-old female snake that breeder John McNamara owns, and a male belonging to another Wodonga breeder, Ben Robson, according to Border Mail.
The two-headed snake born in Australia is the result of two yolks who failed to split properly.
McNamara views it as two and names the snake as Katana and Wakizashi, which are the names of short Japanese swords used by Samurais.
McNamara's daughter sees it as one and gave the unique animal the name "The Twin Destroyer".
Senior lecturer Ben Phillips of Melbourne University, who works in the School of BioSciences, says the survival of the snake depends on how well everything is integrated inside.
McNamara made public his new pet so that someone can help him determine which head is the dominant one.
McNamara wants to find which head is dominant so that it can get clear which head reaches the stomach, the organs and other body parts that are conjoined.
Dr Ben Philips says the snakes are not very clever, so sometimes while eating their prey, they end up eating each other. Therefore, these two-headed snakes have a very short life.
Mr McNamara, who initially thought the egg had hatched twins, said the snake's birth was similar to a human case of an anomaly.