Springfield, MO (AP) – A rare two-headed snake is on public display at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson.
The juvenile Western ratsnake, which is not venomous, was discovered under a house in Hurley.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the snake went of display at the Hatchery Friday. It’s still not clear if the snake is male or female.
John Miller, a manager at the hatchery, says so far the snake is healthy, growing and has shed its skin twice. When it’s full grown, it will be about 6 feet long.
Miller says both of the snake’s heads can eat, so the rest of its body is like any other snake.
Western ratsnakes – formerly known as black ratsnakes – are common throughout Missouri. Miller says they are valuable because they eat rodents.