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NEWS: Two Headed Turtle Found In Contaminated River

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posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 05:11 PM
A two-headed turtle has been discovered on the banks of Havana's most contaminated rivers. Cuban policeman Alexander Napoles spotted the rare reptile near the Almendares River under a pile of leaves. Biologists said the two heads were a congenital deformity and claimed the creature was unlikely to survive.
"The probability of its survival will be very limited in the natural world or in captivity," said Alexis Fernandez, a biologist from the National Aquarium of Cuba.

He added that the turtle was probably just over one week old and was, for the moment, in good health.

The biologists will continue to monitor the turtle, which is of the Trachemys decussata specie and known more commonly as the North Antillean Slider.

A two-headed Ladder snake was found in Spain in 2002. It could eat with both heads, which were known to fight over food.

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Lets find out what changed it and make a man with 12 legs and 6 arms...the ultimate soldier...HAHA

On a serioius note though...doesnt this tell us we need to think about cleaning up the rivers of the world, we are obviously causing major damage to our planet!

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 05:18 PM
Reptiles have two heads more often then any other animals.

this is really nothing new.

"Two-headed snakes are rare, but they shouldn't be looked at as freaks,"

Hatched September 15, 1973; brought to the Science Museum of Minnesota October 1, 1973; died July 7 and 8, 1977.

This two-headed turtle's condition arose because of a misfunction or chemical accident during the early development of the embryo. Although not common, this type of embryological accident does occur fairly frequently in reptiles. Two-headed reptiles such as this one, however, would normally not survive in nature. The indecision arising from the two heads makes effective action, such as catching food or fleeing an enemy, impossible. Fortunately Emily, as this turtle came to be known, survived - through luck and the good fortune of being brought to the Science Museum where she received daily attention from then Biology Curator Dale Chelberg.

[edit on 3-10-2005 by SpittinCobra]

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 06:40 PM
I am so glad you found this article. I heard this on the tv news last week and spent hours looking for an Internet article to post about it. It looks like the feeds have caught up Good find great story.

posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 07:59 PM
Here's a picture of it:


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