Nick Evans- Snake Rescuer / Facebook
Snake catcher Nick Evans said he wasn’t expecting to get a call about a two-headed Southern Brown Egg-eater while he was at a barbeque picnic cooking over an open fire in Durban North, located in southern Africa.
Nick wrote on Facebook, “I received the most surprising image from Ndwedwe. It was a Southern Brown Egg-eater, a common, totally harmless species. However, this one had two heads!”
Through Nick’s excitement, he posted images of the snake on social media where and explained how two-headed snakes have been born in captivity, as well as in the wild, however, it is very rare to find them.
Nick’s said a man from the southern African town, Ndwedwe, said he found the snake slithering across his front yard and was very surprised.
Nick said on Facebook that the man “didn’t want anyone to harm it, and put it in a bottle. He asked me to collect it and take it away from there. I thought that was really nice of him.”
Nick told his followers on Facebook that he had never seen a two-headed snake before in real life and so he jumped on the opportunity to drive over and retrieve it.
The snake was a juvenile, about 30cm in length, and moved with a strange, awkward slither, due to its genetic deformity.
“Sometimes, the heads would try go in opposite directions from one another, other times, it would rest one head on the other. That seemed the most effective way of moving,” Nick wrote.
He took the snake into his own personal care and said there’s no point in releasing it because two-headed animals in general, do not last very long on their own in the wild.
H added that the snake could barely move, and when it did, it was incredibly slow and would be easy pickings for any predator.
It appears to have hatched just months or even weeks ago and somehow was able to survive this long on its own.
“I’m intrigued to hear if it can feed on it’s own or not. They only eat bird eggs, so it will have to be tiny eggs!” Nick said on Facebook. “We want to try and learn as much as possible from this little one. I’ll keep you posted on it. I am grateful to the resident for saving the snake, and to him and his brother for calling me.”