Arkansas man finds two-headed rattlesnake

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has confirmed that a two-headed rattlesnake discovered by a power company employee is real.

Rodney Kelso, a manager with Woodruff Electric, found the snake earlier this week and has donated it to the Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro Arkansas.

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Mark Young posted the first posted pics of the snake 9.5.17 Credit: Mark M. Young Facebook

A few days ago, a picture of the snake began making the rounds on the Internet, but many questioned if the picture was authentic. Kelso’s friend, Mark Young posted the picture on Facebook.

Young wrote, “Look what one of our guys caught on Hwy 284 a few miles north of EACC” and posted the picture of the venomous two-headed snake. His original photo received 3000 shares on Facebook.

Wednesday, Young posted an update about the snake that said

  1. “It is absolutely real! But I don’t think it’s a sign from God that the end times are near.”
  2. “I wasn’t the one that caught it. Rodney Kelso, the District manager at Woodruff Electric, caught it.”
  3. “It is still alive”
  4. “It is being donated to the Arkansas Game and Fish Nature Center in Jonesboro, AR today. So next time any of y’all  are in Jonesboro,drop by the Nature Center and you can see it for yourselves! How awesome is that!”
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“FYI  – the guy that caught him [Kelso] named him [The snake] ‘Duece’.”

The two-headed snake is reportedly 11 inches long and was found with two other one headed snakes.

Woodruff electric is a Co-op rural electric utility in Arkansas and serves portions of seven counties.

Is this rare?

Yes, it’s rare, but it’s not unheard of.  An Indiana man found a two-headed rattlesnake in 2016.

Gizmodo wrote a fascinating article about two-headed snakes back in February. Experts told Gizmodo

The biological process that forms them is not so different from the one that produces identical twins. And like identical twins, a two-headed snake can be somewhat competitive—each head does have a mind of its own.

The most commonly observed two-headed animals are turtles and snakes, but there’s no real data to say just how often this happens. Cattle, sheep, cats, dogs, and fish have also been observed with two heads.

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