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Rare Cojoined Turtle

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At the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts cojoined turtles with two heads and a single body have hatched. The turtles, hatched in Barnstable and were immediately brought to the hospital by Barnstable Department of Natural Resources for assessment.

According to a statement from the Cape Wildlife Center, amphibian in question is actually two turtles. They have a condition called bicephaly; that’s a rare anomaly that can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors during embryotic development.

Similar to conjoined twins in humans, these turtles share some parts of their body but also have some parts that are independent of one another; the unnamed twins have two heads and six legs. X-rays and tests have shown that they have two spines that fuse further down the body and separate gastrointestinal tracks.

 While animals with this condition aren’t known to survive very long or have a good quality of life, the turtle twins are very alert and active, eating, swimming, and gaining weight.

The wildlife center has used X-rays to learn more about how the turtles navigate the world. It seems that they have two spines that merge further down the body and that each turtle has control of three legs.

A supervised deep water swim test showed that the turtle twins can coordinate to swim safely. The Cape Wildlife center has said the next step for studying the amphibian is to get them a CT scan to provide more information on what internal structures the twins share. This won’t be possible until they are a bit bigger to ensure they fit in the machine.

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