The small albino California Kingsnake, now on show in the Black Sea resort of Yalta is quite a handful, zoo workers said.
The snake’s two heads are fiercely independent, are not always in agreement and like to snatch food from each other, said keepers of the private zoo, called Skazka, or Fairy Tale.
“Sometimes one head wants to crawl in one direction and the other head in another direction,” zoo director Oleg Zubkov.
Zoo worker Ruslan Yakovenko added that he tries to feed the snake’s two heads separately as they sometimes fight for food.
“If it is really hungry, its heads may steal food from each other,” he said, adding he also needs to separate the heads with a barrier.
“The second head may get angry, but both then feel satiation because they only have one stomach,” he said.
The private zoo said kingsnakes hunt other reptiles, meaning one of the snake’s head could instinctively try to attack and eat the other one. But doctors think that if one of the head dies, it might have a fatal effect on the health of the other.
The three-year-old, two-foot-long (60 centimetre) reptile is on loan from Germany.
Visitor numbers had nearly doubled since it went on display in early July, said zoo keeper Yakovenko.
“Many enter the zoo feeling horrified and leave delighted.”
The snake, believed to be Europe’s only two-headed snake, will be on show in Ukraine until September.
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