Are two heads really better than one??? . That might not be the case for animals born with two heads, also known as polycephaly. Interestingly, it occurs most often in turtles and in snakes, although it’s still extremely rare. Animals that have two heads often fight over prey, can’t decide which direction to go, and are more susceptible to predation. . One of my guests featured on “The Best Of” Animals To The MAX Podcast, had one he named Billy Bob; one head was Billy, the other was Bob! John, from the organization Wildlife Rockstars, recalls a time when Billy Bob got loose on the set of “Late Night with Conan O’Brian” during an animal segment! . 🎧: You can listen to this story now on my website (link in bio) or on iTunes or Stitcher.
#snakesunday Can you find the Southern Pacific rattlesnake in the photo? This Crotalus oreganus helleri was found under tumbleweed and was nearly hit by a McLeod during a land stewardship event. They will coil up as demonstrated in the photo as a defensive behavior when they sense a threat, in this case, a large human and his tool. While rattlesnakes will often shake their rattle loudly as a warning to enemies, they also will remain silent and utilize their colors to camouflage with their environment to hide from danger. Rattlesnakes will not strike without a reason – they save their valuable venom for hunting prey or defending against an aggressor. Therefore, when you discover a rattlesnake, you should always slowly move away from it and do not attempt to approach it.
My beautiful #stevie... ❤️ My sweet beautiful king. I remember the day you came from our local animal rescue service... you were ice cold, very skinny and sick. Someone just threw you out in an unknown environment where you wouldn’t have been able to survive much longer... you were treated like trash. And that is the reason why not everyone should be able to buy exotic pets or any pet for that matter. Especially reptiles and amphibians have many special requirements and it makes me sick to my stomach that people treat these animals like objects you can easily get rid of. _ Stevie was rescued six months ago and four months ago I took him home because I fell in love with him the moment I looked into his eyes.. but the thing is... if you want to give a reptile a home, you need to educate yourself about them. I’ve been working with reptiles since August 2017, which means I’m surrounded by them every single day and know their needs. Please don’t blindly buy (if you can, please adopt!) an animal you might not know much about. Especially bearded dragons are EXPENSIVE. The animal itself may be “cheap” (unfortunately), but they need food at least six days a week and especially the electricity expenses are very high. They usually live ten to fifteen years on average and they don’t love you like mammals do... so please, #forstevie and all the other animals who had the same fate: Don’t blindly buy an animal because it’s “cute” or “cool.” Those are living beings and not trash. With Love, Nina. _ [#beardeddragon #lovely#cutiepie#adorable#animalrescue#inlove#rescuedbeardeddragon#animalrescuer#beardiesofinstagram#beardeddragonsofinstagram#beardeddragons#reptile#reptiles#beardeddragonlove#beardeddragonlife#reptilelove#beardielove#beardiemom#beardielover#zoosmatter#zoo#responsiblepetowner#responsiblepetownership]