a glass case at California's San Diego Reptile
House, Duplex, the two-headed king snake, is a major
attraction. Usually, such freaks of nature never
survive birth, but good old Duplex was saved by the
intervention of man. One day a San Diego
tree-nurseryman rescued her, a tiny newborn creature,
from a hungry blackbird and he gave her to the Reptile
House after her diet became too complicated for him to
care for her. The house reptile curator Charles
Shaw, has taken anxious care of Duplex, who is two years
ole now, 22 inches long, alive and writhing and twice as
murderous as any of her sisters. As both her heads
supply a single morsel of food at the same time, the
reptile couldn't swallow and would choke to death.
But besides being a curiosity, Duplex is used for
scientific study on complicated problems involving the
human brain and reflexes too!
Duplex lives on rats,
mice and other foods. Here, one head is being fed
its daily fare while the other looks on. Duplex
would die if both heads ate simultaneously.
with herself as she swallows her rodent lunch, Duplex
eats anything with the same gusto. Actually she
consumes only as much as normal snake.