Two-headed rattlesnake found in New Jersey

Two-headed rattlesnake found in New Jersey. (WCAU)

PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WTHR) — Scientists in New Jersey have made an unusual discovery.

While out looking for wildlife a couple of weeks ago, they came across a two-headed timber rattlesnake.

The scientists say the snake has two fully formed heads that both compete for control of the body.

"Both heads are fully formed, they're both fully operational. Both tongues are flicking independently of each other so basically it's got two brains," said David Schneider, Herpetologist. "And what is interesting, when it moves around you'll see one head will decide to go one way and one head will decide to go the other way so they're kind of like fighting each other and the snake will stiffen up and get rigid and then it will eventually...I guess one head will...decide the better half and it will go in that direction."

The scientists say the two-headed snake will not survive in the wild, so they will keep it in one of their centers.

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