Cape Town – A rare Southern two-headed brown egg-eater snake was recently discovered in Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal.
Snake rescuer Nick Evans said in an Instagram post on Tuesday that he received surprising pictures of the rare snake from a gentleman in Ndedwe while at a braai.
He said that the man discovered it in his backyard and placed it in a bottle before calling him to have it removed.
“Recently, I was at a braai in Durban North, when 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.
“It’s a juvenile, around 30cm in length. It was quite interesting to see how it moved. 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,” wrote Evans in an Instagram post.
Evans said that these snakes don’t live long, especially in the wild, because they can barely move and when they do, they move at a snail’s pace, making them easy prey for predators.