Three-eyed snake discovered in Australia
An unusual snake found off a road in Australia went viral due to its rather eye-catching mutation.
The three-eyed juvenile creature was discovered just outside of Darwin in March by rangers with the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The organization shared photos of the snake, dubbed "Monty Python," on Facebook, which have since racked up over 24,000 shares and more than 15,000 reactions.
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"The snake is peculiar as an x-ray revealed it was not two separate heads forged together, rather it appeared to be one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes," the organization explained. "It was generally agreed that the eye likely developed very early during the embryonic stage of development."
"It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are relatively common," it added.
Tragically, Monty had issues feeding and died after about one month in captivity. However, officials say even his brief existence was miraculous.
"It's remarkable it was able to survive so long in the wild with its deformity," ranger Ray Chatto told the Northern Territory News.