Snakes, as reptiles, can be quite terrifying for any normal person. So obviously a two headed snake may be nothing short of ‘horror movie come alive’ for most of us. But apparently snakes have a lighter and a very charming side as well, the recently born two headed Albino Milk Snake stands testament to it. White all around with magnificent orange stripes on its entire length, this natural oddity started receiving attention as soon as it hatched out of its egg in a quaint little laboratory in Central Florida. And as the snake grew up, instead of perishing due to the physical characteristic as expected, it actually received much admiration and went viral over the media. So what made this albino snake this popular? What is the story behind it? Read on to find out.
Albino Milk Snake
Milk snakes are common farm snakes that feed on rodents and other smaller reptiles. They are characterized by bright color bands and a very shiny skin that allows them to be spotted easily on the open, and their venom is totally harmless to humans as well. Albino Snakes on the other hand retain the color bands but don’t have the dark pigmentation that provides them their camouflage during night. The color bands in Albino Milk Snakes are fluorescent and are usually red orange and white; this may be a disadvantage in their natural habitat, but in captivity it sure is a remarkable characteristic. And our two headed Honduran Albino Snake again is the best example of it. The fiery orange stripes amidst white blotches and the obvious twin heads make this Albino Snake one of the most beautiful snakes ever found in nature.
What is so special about this two headed albino?
Neither two headed snakes nor Albino Snakes are rare, there have been plenty of recorded cases in the past of both. Only this is the first time the world is witnessing a combination of both – a two headed albino snake. Also two headed snakes are very rarely hatched in captivity as well, they are most often found in the wild and usually die early at the baby stage due to the obvious ‘control over body’ problem, as it’s just never easy controlling a single body with two heads. But this lab bred two headed albino snake seems to be doing the task pretty well.
The two heads work in tandem while moving, resting and even when feeding. Sunshine serpents released a video of the snake munching away its first meal – a frozen baby rodent, where one can see the two heads co-operate while consuming the food. While one head tries to gulp the entire mouse through its elongated mouth, the other watches silently without putting up a fight; this is never usually the case with two heads, the other head usually tries to bite the other head off. Also the breeders at the Sunshine serpents report that the snake’s feeding habits, skin shedding cycles and metabolism are regular as the other milk snakes, indicative of the fact that this albino snake will have a long life span in captivity.
The snake that changed the perspective
Reptiles are usually not the first thing that comes to a person’s mind when thinking of getting a pet. But this cheery little two headed albino seems to have changed the perspective altogether. Featuring in thousands of internet blogs and videos and making guest appearances in a number of TV shows, the Albino Milk Snake seems to have attained celebrity status in no time. Nobody’s sure whether it’s the brilliant colors or the natural oddity or the timid nature of the snake that has made this snake so likeable. But one thing is for certain, the general attitude of people towards snakes has been remarkably influenced by this two headed super star.
Where is the snake now?
The snake at present is living healthily and feeding on nutritious foods at the Sunshine Serpents labs, occasionally making guest appearances at live events for promoting the idea adopting snakes as pets. The snake is also being studied by the researchers of University of Central Florida and from around the world for various purposes. The caretakers of the snake hope that the snake would one day end up in a research institute for educational and exhibition purposes. But they are also willing to give up the snake for adoption starting from a price of $25,000.