Rare two-headed snake discovered in backyard

A rare two-headed snake is being raised by a New Orleans family after its discovery in a backyard.

SWNS reports that wildlife educator Tanee Janusz, 39, adopted the western rat snake when a fellow member of her naturalist society found it in his garden.

The foot-long reptile, which is 10 months old, has two heads as a result of a genetic deformity affecting just one in 10,000 births. The animal has two brains but a single respiratory system, digestive tract and body, according to SWNS.

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Named Filé and Gumbo by Janusz, the heads reportedly have different personalities. Gumbo is the dominant side although both heads are described as “feisty” and often end up wrestling after trying to go in opposite directions.

A rare two-headed snake which is being raised by a family after it was discovered in a backyard. See SWNS story NYSNAKE; Wildlife educator Tanee Janusz, 39, adopted the western rat snake when a fellow member of her naturalist society found it slithering around his garden. The reptile, which is ten months old and a foot long, has two heads due to a genetic defect which affects just one in 10,000 births.The deformity - caused when the embryo does not divide fully - means the animal has two brains but a single respiratory system, digestive tract and body. Mum-of-three Tanee has named the heads Filé and Gumbo and refers to them as ‘the twins’ because they have different personalities. While Gumbo is the dominant side, both are “feisty” and they often end up wrestling after trying to go in opposite directions. Tanee, of New Orleans, Louisiana, now tours schools, libraries and scout groups educating people about the rare animal. She said: “When I first saw them I thought they were the neatest little things ever. “Two-headed snakes are not totally unheard of but they are pretty rare and this is the first time I have been in charge of caring for one.

The western rat snake has a genetic deformity

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Janusz is now touring schools, libraries and scout groups educating people about the rare animal.

The nonvenomous snake eats frozen mice.

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A rare two-headed snake which is being raised by a family after it was discovered in a backyard. See SWNS story NYSNAKE; Wildlife educator Tanee Janusz, 39, adopted the western rat snake when a fellow member of her naturalist society found it slithering around his garden. The reptile, which is ten months old and a foot long, has two heads due to a genetic defect which affects just one in 10,000 births.The deformity - caused when the embryo does not divide fully - means the animal has two brains but a single respiratory system, digestive tract and body. Mum-of-three Tanee has named the heads Filé and Gumbo and refers to them as ‘the twins’ because they have different personalities. While Gumbo is the dominant side, both are “feisty” and they often end up wrestling after trying to go in opposite directions. Tanee, of New Orleans, Louisiana, now tours schools, libraries and scout groups educating people about the rare animal. She said: “When I first saw them I thought they were the neatest little things ever. “Two-headed snakes are not totally unheard of but they are pretty rare and this is the first time I have been in charge of caring for one.

The heads are named Filé and Gumbo

 ( © SWNS.com)

Fox News’ Jen Earl contributed to this article.

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