Natural Scenery

Rare 2-headed snake captivates nature center visitors

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (KCTV/Gray News) – A rare two-headed snake is on display at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Missouri through the end of July.

Someone found the snake in Stone County, Missouri in 2017 and donated it to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The snake, named Tiger-Lily, is nearly 5 feet long.

According to conservationists, caretakers had to make modifications to the conjoined identical snake twins because they were never completely separated.

“Both heads want to eat, but they share one esophagus,” Alison Bleich, MDC Interpretive Center Manager, said. “Staff will put a small cup over one head while the other eats, then switch. Otherwise, both heads would try to grab the same mouse.”

After the stay in Blue Springs, Tiger-Lily will spend time at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City.


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