Two-headed copperhead snake on display in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY — You can see a two-headed copperhead snake in Kentucky.

A Leslie couple donated the snake to Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort after finding it in their yard earlier this month.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says a two-headed copperhead snake is extremely rare and its life expectancy in the wild is typically short because of physical limitations caused by the mutation.

“One big question is if the throat connects to the rest of the intestinal tract,” MacGregor said. “That is sometimes a problem with two-headed animals; neither head is completely formed, and there is no way they can swallow anything. Sometimes one head works and the other head does not. With this snake, both tongues work, so there is a pretty good chance that both are functional.”

The snake, as long as it appears in good health, will be on display at the center 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting Friday, Oct. 19.

You have until November 21 to see the snake. The Salato Center will be closed for winter after that date.