Two-Headed Lizard Whose Heads Hate Each Other Discovered in Australia


Photos via Metro

Well, Earth Day is officially over. Which means we can officially forget about that irksome business of saving the planet for another 364 days, and get back to doing what's really important -- which is looking at zany animal pictures, of course. Like, check out this bizarre two-headed bobtail lizard that was discovered in Australia! Also, it turns out that the heads hate each other, and the larger one keeps attacking the smaller one. More photos after the fold: The lizard was discovered a couple days ago in Perth, Australia. I guess it's a bobtail lizard, a type of skink lizard commonly known as a Shingleback in the great down under. It's been rescued and is being cared for at a reptile park in someplace called Henley Brook. The wildlife biologists say it's doing well, but note that two-headed lizards don't typically have very long life expectancies. You know, because of the whole two head, one body thing. Sucks. Here's an x-ray of the creature:

The BBC has more details: the two headed lizard apparently

eats from both heads but the larger head has also tried to attack the smaller one, and its movement is difficult as both heads control its back legs. It also has a healthy sibling without any mutation. Bobtails give birth to live offspring, rather than laying eggs.
Occurrences of two headed large vertebrates surviving in the wild are infrequent to say the least -- the lizard's two heads are the result of a rare genetic mutation.

Ah, good thing Earth Day is over -- global climate change is continuing largely unabated, deforestation may have slowed some but is still a colossal issue, endangered species are dropping like flies and water is running out all over the place.

But this two-headed lizard sure is neat-looking.

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