Two-week-old turtle with two heads is treated at a Massachusetts wildlife centre.
The Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center added: social mediaDue to a condition called bicephaly (dual heads in diamondback terrapin), the condition is “rare anomaly” that can result from both genetic and environmental factors that affect an embryo’s development.
After hatching at a protected nesting spot, the six-legged tortoise came to the Barnstable Department of Natural Resources two weeks ago.
According to The Associated Press, the staff provides bloodworms and food grains.
According to staff, X-rays showed that the turtle’s spines were fused further along its body.
Staff stated, “We have seen them swim and move and they have all three legs under control.”
Staff said that a barium analysis was performed and revealed that each person has a separate GI.
The staff stated that the right side seemed a bit more developed but they can still eat and digest food. “A controlled deep-water swim test revealed that they are able to coordinate swimming so they can reach the surface to breathe when necessary.”