WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Wildlife officials have spotted a three-eyed snake on a highway in Australia.
- According to the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service, an x-ray of the baby carpet python showed an odd-shaped skull ‘with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes.’
- The park officials remarked that the third eye likely developed during the early embryonic stage and is not likely caused by environmental factors.
A three-eyed snake has been spotted by wildlife officials in Australia.
The Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service shared the photos of the bizarre creature on their Facebook page on Wednesday.
The baby carpet python was over 15 inches (40 cm) long.
They described the snake, which they found on a highway, as “peculiar” due to the odd formation of its skull.
The Parks and Wildlife Service explained on Facebook, “The snake is peculiar as an x-ray revealed it was not two separate heads forged together, rather it appeared to be one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes.”
The photos have since been shared over 20,000 times.
According to the Parks and Wildlife Service, it’s likely that the third eye developed during the early embryonic stage.
They added, “It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are relatively common.”
Unfortunately, park officials confirmed that the snake, which was named Monty Python, died just weeks after it was discovered in March. Park ranger Ray Chatto informed NT News, “It’s remarkable it was able to survive so long in the wild with its deformity and he was struggling to feed before he died last week.”
Snake expert Bryan Fry shared his speculation to the BBC that the extra eye may indicate that the snake absorbed its twin, saying “[e]very baby has a mutation of some sort – this one is just particularly coarse and misshapen.”
Source: FOX News