Two-headed Turtle Raises Eyebrows in Slovakia

AFP News
Mar 11, 2011
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BRATISLAVA - A two-headed turtle with five feet is raising eyebrows in Slovakia after the bicephalic reptile hatched in the northern town of Zilina seven weeks ago, local news agency SITA reported.

"I call it Magdalena or just Magda and Lena. Magda, is the larger head and the smaller one is Lena," explained owner Roman Gresak.

The African Spurred Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata) still fits neatly in the palm of Gresak's hand, but it could grow to 90 centimetres, SITA reported.

Magdalena's fifth foot sticks out between the two heads, which move independently.

Gresak insisted the turtle can thank its lucky stars that it was born in captivity.

It would likely perish among predators in the wild as there is not enough room inside the shell for both Magda and Lena to hide their heads at once, he said.

Image: Courtesy of Reuters

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