A Massachusetts wildlife center is treating a 2-week-old double-headed turtle. It is an endangered species.
Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center stated that social mediaThe diamondback terrapin’s two heads are due to a condition called “bicephaly”, which is a rare anomaly that can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors.
Barnstable Department of Natural Resources brought the six-legged turtle to the wildlife centre two weeks ago after it had hatched on a protected nesting area.
According to the Associated Press, staff are feeding them blood worms as well as food pellets.
According to the staff, x-rays showed that the turtle’s spines were fused further below the body.
The staff stated that they had been watching them swim and move, showing each one has control over three legs.
Staff said that a barium analysis was performed and revealed that each person has a separate GI.
The staff stated that the right side is slightly less developed but they are still eating and digesting food. “A supervised deep-water swim test revealed that they are able to coordinate swimming to allow them to reach the surface for breathing when required.”