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WATCH: 'Extremely Rare' 2-Headed Snake Stuns Social Media, Charms Scientists

A Virginia state herpetologist says finding the mutated copperhead in a resident's yard earlier this month is an "extraordinarily rare" occurrence. Even more stunning, he says, is that it's alive.
State herpetologist J.D. Kleopfer says the discovery of a two-headed copperhead snake in Northern Virginia earlier this month is an "extraordinarily rare," sighting that few of his colleagues have seen. Source: J.D. Kleopfer/Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

The venomous fangs of a copperhead snake are one thing. But the recent sighting of a rare two-headed snake in Northern Virginia is alarming — and mesmerizing — both social media spectators and scientists.

Earlier this month, a Woodbridge resident stumbled upon the young mutant reptile in a neighbor's yard. "I wanted after finding the snake and posting photos of the snake to .

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