Scientist Rescue Two-Headed Rattlesnake From Woodlands

Published September 11, 2019 1,051 Plays

Rumble / Wild WildlifeDavid Schneider and Dave Burkett were out in the field a week ago scouring New Jersey's pine barrens for timber rattlesnakes, one of the state's most imperiled species. In any case, what the two herpetologists found was a lot rarer: a two-headed timber rattlesnake.

"I've been doing this expertly for a long time," said Schneider, who lives in Pennsauken, "and I've never observed this. It's extremely uncommon. Each once in for a spell, you'll hear a tale around a two-headed snake, or see something on the web. Be that as it may, rarely by any means."

The two men work for Herpetological Associates Inc., a Pemberton-based counseling firm that gives specialists to natural surroundings assessments or untamed life studies.

Burkett first detected the snake and shouted to Schneider. Their disclosure was accounted for in the SandPaper, a newsmagazine of Long Beach Island.

"We know the zones where timber diamondbacks conceive an offspring," Schneider said in a telephone talk with Friday. "Thus we went to one territory just to look at it. Furthermore, sure enough, we found a spot where a female had quite recently had a litter of children."

The men got authorization from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to take the snake to their office.

"There's a decent shot it wouldn't make due in the wild," Schneider said. "It's just perhaps a week or so old."

Robert Zappalorti, Herpetological Associates official chief, said the snake has been named Double Dave to pay tribute to Schneider's and Burkett's shared first name.

Schneider said despite the fact that the snake's heads give off an impression of being ordinary with tongues flicking, one head is by all accounts more predominant than the other.

"You'll see it slither along and one head will attempt to go one way while the other head will attempt to go the contrary way," Schneider said. "And afterward the snake will harden up. It's practically similar to it's battling itself."

Schneider additionally said that it's obscure whether the snake's inside organs are blended, or regardless of whether the throat is associated accurately. None of that will begin to wind up evident until after the snake starts eating, which won't occur until it's shed its first skin. At that point, it will be given live mice reared for such feedings. At the present time, it is just ready to drink.

Rattlesnakes have a low proliferation rate, making their survival considerably increasingly unstable. Females arrive at development at a moderately late age and give birth just every three to four years. As a result, Schneider would not disclose their area, however, the SandPaper detailed it as inside sprawling Woodland Township, Burlington County.

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