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Two Headed Turtle Already a Big Attraction at SA Zoo

Two Headed Turtle Already a Big Attraction at SA Zoo

  You can go to the San Antonio Zoo today to see for yourself whether two heads are better than one.

 

  1200 WOAI news reports that Thelma and Louise, a Texas Cooter Turtle that emerged from it's egg earlier this month with two distinct heads inside one shell is on display at the zoo today and is already attracting big crowds.

 

  "Its pretty cool, it's not something you see every day," said Craig Pelke, the Curator of Reptiles at the zoo.  "It has nothing to do with mutants, this is a naturally occurring genetic mishap, where the genetic code forms a combination and, boom, you have two heads."

 

  He says two headed turtles and snakes are born occasionally.  In fact, a two headed rat snake was a huge attraction at the San Antonio Zoo in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

  "It is vigorous, both heads are eating, it does swim, it is doing what a baby turtle should do, so all signs are pretty good right now," Pelke said.

 

  He says ironically, the heads occasionally 'conflict.'

 

  "It's not like they argue with one another, but one head may want to go one way, and the other head may want to go the other way," Pelke said.  "They have been seen to move in a zig-zag pattern.  There could be some conflict there."

 

  He says there is no reason to believe that the turtle will not have a normal life.  He says this is twins that failed to separate in the egg.

 

  "We had was an embryo which completely didn't separate in there, and we have a two headed turtle as a result," he said.

 

 

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