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They must be shell-mates! This rare baby diamondback terrapin has two heads and six legs. The species is already threatened but the hatchling?s condition makes it even more special. The baby turtle has two independent gastrointestinal systems and each head works independently to breathe and eat. It also has two spines that fuse together at one point, and each side of the turtle has control of three legs. The turtle hatched from a nest in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and is now being cared for by veterinarians at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center, where staff say it is eating well with a diet of blood worms and food pellets. Staff at the center, which is part of nonprofit New England Wildlife Centers, say: ?Similar to conjoined twins in human they share parts of their body but also have some parts that are independent. In this case ?they? have two heads and six legs. ?On admission both sides were very alert and active and our veterinary team was eager to learn more about them. ?Animals with this rare condition don?t always survive very long or live a good quality of life, but these two have given us reason to be optimistic!? The turtle has been cared for at the center for just over two weeks and continues to be ?bright and active? - eating, swimming and gaining weight each day. Staff say they are still taking things day-by-day, adding: ?It is impossible to get inside the heads of these two, but it appears that they work together to navigate their environment.? Diamondback terrapins are a native species to several areas on the United States? east coast, living in rivers, marshes, beaches and mud flats. They can live up to 25 years and grow up to 9 inches long. Animal lovers can show their support for New England Wildlife Centers by making a donation at BYLINE: New England Wildlife Centers/Mega. 14 Oct 2021 Pictured: Rare baby diamondback terrapin hatches with two heads and six legs. *BYLINE: New England Wildlife Centers/Mega. Photo credit: New England Wildlife Centers / MEGA +1 888 505 6342
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