Two-headed rat snake gets new home at Central Texas zoo

In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 photo, Brian Henley, Cameron Park Zoo's amphibian and reptile care supervisor, holds a two-headed baby rat snake, in Waco, Texas. A local zoo patron found the snake and gifted it to the zoo about two weeks ago. The snake will go on display to the public after a 90-day mandatory quarantine period. (Rod Aydelotte /Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

WACO, Texas (AP) - A two-headed rat snake found this month in a Central Texas yard has a new home at a zoo.

Officials with the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco on Wednesday provided details on the nearly foot-long snake. The unnamed snake remains under a mandatory 90-day quarantine before visitors have a chance to view the creature.

Zoo supervisor Brian Henley says a woman discovered the snake when her dog started chasing something under her front porch. The resident decided to contact the zoo about the rodent-eating snake, which has two full heads.

Henley says the snake, which has been eating and is doing well at the zoo, appears to be about six to eight weeks old.

Rat snakes can grow to a length of 5 feet and live up to 25 years.

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