The North Carolina woman receives a double-dose of shock when she finds not only a snake inside her home – but a two-headed one.
2020 has been a bizarre year for everyone – including snakes. Jeannie Wilson reports she was lounging “like any other day” in her sunroom yesterday when a shocking surprise slithered into her life. Wilson was greeted – out of nowhere – by a two-headed snake making its way for her side table.
The Taylorsville resident says that – after her initial shock at the sight – she didn’t feel the need to kill the little fellow. Instead, she did the responsible thing and identified the snake first. Once she knew it wasn’t a venomous species, she began taking steps to release or rehabilitate the dual-headed serpent.
Two-headed snakes rarely survive in the wild
The specimen appears to be a juvenile rat snake. The species is named as such not for their appearance – but for their food. Rat snakes eat lots of rats and other rodents. They are constrictors – meaning they constrict (squeeze) their prey to incapacitate or kill them before feeding. As such, rat snakes are non-venomous and mostly harmless to humans. They’re wonderful wildlife to see in the yard, too, as it means you’ll have a whole lot less rodents around.
Unfortunately for the young snake, however, two-headed babies rarely survive in the wild. According to herpetologist Gordon Burghardt of the University of Tennessee:
“Watching them feed, often fighting over which head will swallow the prey, shows that feeding takes a good deal of time, during which they would be highly vulnerable to predators. They also have a great deal of difficulty deciding which direction to go. [If] they had to respond to an attack quickly they would just not be capable of it.”Gordon Burghardt, National Geographic
As such, a two-headed snake – like the juvenile Wilson found – are more likely to survive in captivity.
Two-headed snake caught on camera
During her encounter, Wilson shares a video of the rare reptile to her Facebook profile. She asks if any friends or family know of someone who could take care of the snake in captivity – or properly release it. She wants to move quickly to do so, too. Otherwise, she may get too attached to her new friend – whom she’s nicknamed Double Trouble.
“OK Facebook… anybody out there know of a place that would take Double Trouble and care for him/her or should I turn it loose? It’s not poisonous,” she writes in her video caption.