Rare two-headed baby turtle thrives at wildlife center

HERE’S THE SCOOP:

  • A rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle is alive and well after hatching at a wildlife center two weeks ago.
  • The two heads operate independently, coming up for air at different times.
  • Two gastrointestinal systems are inside of its shell so it can feed both sides of its body.

Two heads are better than one!

A rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle is alive and well after it hatched at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts two weeks ago.

Birdsey Cape staff said that the turtle is feeding well on blood worms and food pellets.

The two heads operate independently of one another, coming up for air at different times. Two gastrointestinal systems are inside of its shell so it can feed both sides of its body.

Center veterinarian Pria Patel and other staff will continue to monitor the turtle in the coming weeks. They’re hoping to perform a CT scan to learn more about its circulatory system.

Source: Cape Cod Times

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