The San Antonio Zoo is excited to announce a very special arrival. A two-headed (bicephalic) Texas cooter named “Thelma and Louise!” Thelma and Louise were part of a quartet of Texas cootershatched at the Zoo on June 18, 2013 and made their public debut on June 25. Craig Pelke, Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians, and Aquatics, notes that while this is uncommon, it is not unheard of in both the wild and captive populations. Bicephalic animals are actually twins that did not separate, resulting in 2 (or more) heads on one animal. Bicephaly occurs most commonly with snakes and turtles. “At this time, Thelma and Louise are doing well on exhibit and eating with both heads,” Pelke said.
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