Two-headed albino snake in Venice freak show

This is Lenny and Squiggy, a two-headed albino hognose snake. Lenny and Squiggy now live at the Venice Beach Freakshow. Proprietor Todd Ray paid $20,000 for the animal(s). From AOL News:
When he initially contacted the Virginia-based owner, who breeds snakes as a hobbyist, the two-headed baby had yet to eat. Fortunately, Ray has experience feeding and caring for two-headed creatures, so he offered some pointers on serving pinky mice to the newborn.

"After about a month and a half it had not eaten," Ray said. "I thought it was going to die. I said, 'You have to force feed it or it'll die.' So he did and it finally took the little mouse."

Conversations continued over the ensuing months to ensure that the snake was eating and thriving. Eventually it began to gobble up the mice on a regular basis, and Ray made the deal.

Video after the jump!

Two-Headed Albino Snake is Venice Beach's Newest Freak


    1. That’s just not true. People that have money waste it no matter their nationality.

      But it sounds like this is a money making proposition for this fellow, given that snakey now lives in a Freakshow. I would tsk-tsk that, but it sounds like Mr. Ray actually cares for and understands the animal pretty well.

    2. Twenty grand for a snake? Only in America.

      Yeah, it’s not like it’s something really useful like a lock of Napoleon’s hair.

  1. Looks like a western, in which case the albinism is not especially remarkable as a large number are produced each year for the pet trade via line breeding. Also, I saw a poster presentation last year on the captive care and longevity of a bicephalic Ribbon snake. I recall that animal did not approach its expected lifespan.

  2. I have to wonder: how does it move about? Is one head dominant, or do both of them send signals and let the body figure out which to follow . . . Freaky!

    1. In the video, it looks like one head is predominantly controlling movement, though it’s possible that one’s just trying harder. Hard to say, but it looked like the second head may be capable of controlling movement to some extent as well, perhaps not as effectively. There were a few places where it looked to me like the snake was starting to hitch off to the side the second head was facing.

      I wonder if they both try to eat.

  3. Hognosed snakes are difficult to keep in captivity under any circumstances — they have a tendency to insist on only eating certain kinds of frogs. Keeping a two-headed one alive (and thriving) is very impressive; I hope the poor guy does well.

  4. I seem to remember thinking that two-headed snakes weren’t that rare. Can’t recall where I came across that, possibly wrong, tidbit though.

    1. I guess “rare” is relative. I think the list of living two-headed creatures I’ve seen in my life includes two snakes and one turtle. Maybe some herpetologist can explain why two-headed reptiles seem to have a higher survival rate than other two-headed animals.

  5. “This is Lenny and Squiggy.”

    This is perhaps the only scenario in which that construction is grammatically correct.

  6. If you don’t feed hognose snakes toads, they don’t do very well in captivity.

    They’ve adapted to utilize the bufotoxin and have digestive problems if they don’t get it.

    Poor thing. I’m sure he’ll just pop it in a bottle of formaldehyde once it’s dead and keep getting money for people to see it.

  7. “When they will not give a dolt to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.”
    The Tempest Act II Scene 2

    Freakshows are universal.

  8. “Ray has experience feeding and caring for two-headed creatures”

    Now that’s a motherfucking CV

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