Most people aren’t a fan of snakes in the first place, but imagine if you saw a three-eyed snake. How would you feel then?
It’s no surprise that when wildlife authorities saw this snake, they did a double take. The snake was discovered by rangers in March and was a 16-inch baby carpet python found just outside of town called Humpty Doo.
On X-ray, the creature looked unusual as it had one skull but an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes, not two heads forged together.
The Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission posted this:
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.
This three-eyed snake was nicknamed none other then, Monty Python. However, the baby snake died a short time later.
“It’s remarkable it was able to survive so long in the wild with its deformity, and he was struggling to feed before he died last week,” Ranger Ray Chatto said.
Expert Professor Bryan Fry if the University of Queensland said that mutations like an extra eye are a natural part of evolution. “Every baby has a mutation of some sort ? this one is just particularly coarse and misshapen,” Fry said. “I haven’t seen a three-eyed snake before, but we have a two-headed carpet python in our lab ? it’s just a different kind of mutation, like what we see with Siamese twins.”
Fry speculated that the third eye the snake had could have been “the last little bit of a twin that’s been absorbed.”
The Facebook post got lots of attention but at least one commented didn’t think that the snake was the weirdest part of the story. “Not even disturbed by the three eyed snake … just incredibly amused that there’s a place called Humpty Doo,” Alysha Day commented.