Waco: Residents find 2-headed snake in yard

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A two-headed rat snake that some local residents found in their yard about 10 days ago is under a mandatory 90-day quarantine at Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo.

The snake, which is nearly 12 inches long, has two identical heads that seem to be sharing the same body.

The zoo’s amphibian and reptile animal care manager, Brian Henley, said he would like to X-ray the snake to see if its internal organs are OK.

"So far it is doing great. It's eating and drinking. We will see what it's like when it starts to shed but we have no reason to think that it wouldn't survive. So I think we're pretty good with it."

He described the snake's condition similar to that of conjoined twins.

Henley said this rat snakes could grow as long as 5 feet and can live as long as 25 years.

The zoo has been posting updates on the snake's condition on its Facebook page.

If it survives, it could go on display sometime in November.