Thursday, July 14, 2011

Two-headed Snake a Blockbuster at Skazka Zoo, Ukraine

A two-headed Albino California Kingsnake, each react and eat separately has become a popular attraction at Skazka (or Fairy Tale) Zoo in Ukraine.

"Sometimes one head wants to crawl in one direction and the other head in another direction," zoo director Oleg Zubkov said.

Zoo officials say the snake sometimes even steal food from each other. Because of that, zoo workers have to put a barrier between the heads when feeding the snake.

"If it is really hungry, its heads may steal food from each other," Zubkov said, adding he also needs to separate the heads with a barrier.

"The second head may get angry, but both then feel satiation because they only have one stomach."

The zoo said the three-year-old, two-foot-long (60 centimeter) reptile are extremely rare, appearing once in every 50 years.

Visitor numbers had nearly doubled since it went on display in early July, said zoo keeper Yakovenko.

The snake will be on display at the zoo until Mid-September.

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