Rare find of two-headed snake in the wild

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Residents of a village in Bali were shocked when they spotted a two-headed snake in their midst - a rare find in the wild.

The reptile was seen slithering in the central part of the Indonesian holiday island last week.

"When I got home from work, I parked my motorbike next to the snake," said local resident Gusti Bagus Eka Budaya.

"I looked more closely and it turned out to have two heads. I was shocked."

A video shows several children gathered around the tiny serpent as it slides on a banana leaf decorated with a traditional Balinese Hindu offering.

It was not clear what kind of snake it was or whether it was venomous.

Experts have previously been quoted as saying that two-headed snakes rarely occur in the wild and have usually been bred in captivity. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2019, with the headline 'Rare find of two-headed snake in the wild'. Print Edition | Subscribe