Is this two-headed alligator real or fake?
Artist Justin Arnold posted this bizarre picture over the weekend that he claims is of a two-headed alligator on a riverbank in a Tampa neighborhood. The photo has since gone viral.
Here’s the caption to the photo posted on Arnold’s Tumblr page:
Two-headed alligator spotted in Tampa, Florida along the Hillsborough River in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, this alligator has been reported by several people. They explained that failed separation of monozygotic twins is common in reptiles and amphibians but they rarely reach this juvenile state.
A local news station WFLA contacted the Florida Wildlife Commission looking for answers. Gary Morse, an FWC spokesperson, told the station that two-headed alligators can exist, but the FWC has never seen one.
“We have serious questions about the validity of the situation,” Morse said.
Whether or not the photo is real, two-headed animals do occur in nature. The deformity is known as bicehpaly, and it usually occurs in snakes and turtles.
We should note, Arnold has some other unusual and questionable photos of bizarre animals on his Tumblr page.
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