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Found this on the BBC web site. Has this ever happened to a tortoise


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#1 Guest_rupert_the_dog_*

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 08:17 PM


Has there ever been a 2 headed tortoise?


An American aquarium says it intends to auction a rare two-headed albino rat snake for $150,000 (87,000).
The World Aquarium in St Louis has been home to the unique reptile, named "We", for the past six years.

Aquarium president Leonard Sonnenschein said he hoped the snake would generate as much demand on the eBay auction site as a priceless work of art.

However eBay bans the sale of live animals and says if the creature is listed it will promptly be removed.

A spokesman told the BBC News website: "It is against eBay policy to sell this on the site. We can't stop them from listing this snake, but we've told them we'll pull it down immediately."

An aquarium spokeswoman said conditions were in place to make sure the snake went to a responsible buyer.

We was being sold to pay for education, conservation and research programmes, the aquarium said.

Healthy size

The aquarium purchased the snake for $15,000 (8,700) when it was six-and-a-half years old, despite knowing that most two-headed snakes do not live for more than a few months.

"It's an amazing snake," Mr Sonnenschein told the Associated Press news agency. "When people see it they are awe-struck."

The snake is a healthy size for a rat snake, at 2.5cm (one inch) thick and 1.2m (four feet) long.

It is currently at the prime age for breeding and is expected to live for another 10 to 15 years.

It has survived for so long because both heads are connected to the same stomach, Mr Sonnenschein added.

We was almost sold in 2004, after it was stolen by a city museum worker. Fortunately, authorities found the snake in the man's garage at his home in Illinois.

Mr Sonnenschein said the man was intending to sell it



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Posted 03 January 2006 - 08:30 PM


OK. I will answer my own question!!!!!!!!!

When two heads aren't better than one (The Daily Telegraph)
May 30, 2003

IT'S bad enough sharing a bedroom with a sibling, but imagine how cramped this tortoise's shell must be.

The two-headed tortoise belongs to animal-loving South African Noel Daniels, who keeps the creature in his backyard.

Daniels owns seven orphaned tortoises - all the others have one head - and they all live with his budgies and pigeons in a dovecote.

He says the only difference between this tortoise and his others is the underside of shell, which is flat instead of rounded. "But the tortoise is normal and both heads feed on leaves, grass and softened rabbit pellets," he said.

"When the tortoise gets a fright, the heads each want to move in their own direction, and then the feet get all tangled up."

Two-headed tortoises are not unknown, but they are rare - the result of a genetic deviation during the development of the embryo.

The two heads should not affect the animal's lifespan.




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Posted 03 January 2006 - 08:41 PM

Two naughties for the price of one, thanks for postin that Mike it's real interesting. Imagine when they both spot the same piece of food, mayhem!:) lol


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Posted 03 January 2006 - 09:30 PM

Here's a 2 headed Russian tortoise I got to take a picture of at the 2003 Breeders Expo.

The little guy again in 2004



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Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:42 AM

i saw a programme on tv about 2 headed torts a while ago and one guy had loads with 2 heads and was startedin to breed them for high prices, i didnt agree with tht cos he was mutating them on purpose, fair enough if its accidental. tht albino 2 headed snake was on the programme too


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Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:48 AM

heres a turtle i found for sale on a website


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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:43 PM

That Turtle sure is pretty but they are unfortunately sold for novelty value, reminds me of Munchkin cats, bred for their short legs, can't get onto sofas, very cruel. :(


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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:44 PM


Stop. I am getting a headache!!!!

Sorry...


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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:45 PM

Now I'm confused, what have I done?


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Posted 04 January 2006 - 08:48 PM


It was a joke!

2 heads.. Headache....

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 08:58 PM

Yeah honey so was mine lol:) Gee your such a tease:P





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