February 6, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE: TWO-HEADED TURTLE
BROUSSARD, LA: Zoosiana proudly welcomes a two-headed turtle to Acadiana! The slider turtle is bicephalic, meaning, it has two heads. Michael and Angelo (as in, Michelangelo from the Ninja Turtles) came from RainForest Adventures Zoo in Tennessee and are adjusting very well in their new home.
While bicephalic animals are quite uncommon, it is not unheard of in both the wild and zoo populations. When it does occur, it is most often with snakes and turtles. Michael and Angelo are actually twins that did not fully separate and ended up having two heads on one body.
Both heads are eating well and have very different personalities, as they rarely agree on the same direction to walk! Michael and Angelo require a more specialized care than that of a, more typical, turtle with one head, as they could easily drown if they flip upside down while underwater. Zoosiana Zoo Keepers are excited to have this unique animal and take care to give them enough water to submerge, but not enough to get too deep. Their favorite foods include fish, blood worms, and crickets.
This is the first two-headed animal at Zoosiana and we are honored to care for such a special animal.
Michael and Angelo will be on exhibit starting this weekend (February 8 & 9, 2014) in the Zoosiana Jungle Room. One cannot help but think, sometimes two heads are better than one!
Stay tuned to our new website for all of the latest zoo scoop on Michael and Angelo and all of the wonderful animals here at Zoosiana!