PHOTOS: Arkansas electric worker discovers two-headed snake


Photographs by Cody Walker

The two-headed snake was taken from a home near Forrest City to Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro.

While inspecting a home Wednesday, an electric worker in Arkansas found an oddity he had never seen beyond magazines and TV: a two-headed snake.

Rodney Kelso, who works as the operations director at Woodruff Electric in Forrest City, said the snake was sunning itself when he found it outside a home on Arkansas 248.

“Fifty years on the ridge and never have seen such,” Kelso said by phone Friday morning.

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Photos by Rodney Kelso, Cody Walker and Nick Kiriazis

He put on a pair of gloves and eased the snake into a box.

The next day, at Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro, Cody Walker opened the lid.

“It does happen from time to time in nature,” said Walker, an education program specialist at the center. "But usually they die from complications."

After the snake has acquainted itself with its new home, the nature center plans to put it on display.

But first, Walker has some questions to answer. For instance, does the snake eat out of one head, or two?

He said he plans to learn “how it all lays out.”


YoungHog says...


Posted 8 September 2017, 12:33 p.m. Suggest removal

TrumpJongDum says...

The end times! Hurricanes, wildfires, two headed serpents! Buy ammo!

Posted 8 September 2017, 3:35 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

It's name is Nancy Shumer.

Posted 8 September 2017, 3:41 p.m. Suggest removal

Jfish says...

Nice that he captured it for educational purposes rather than automatically killing it.

Posted 8 September 2017, 4:35 p.m. Suggest removal

GCW says...

The question should be if it bite with both heads.

Actually saw an old rerun of Johnny Carson with Joan Embry not long ago who was showing a two headed snake. She said only one of the heads did the eating.

Posted 8 September 2017, 5:12 p.m. Suggest removal

BirdDogsRock says...

The most amazing thing is neither the article nor anyone quoted mentions that it is a timber rattlesnake. Usually the "poisonous snake!!!" freakout line is the lead, to create extra drama. And somehow, none of the several pics show its tail; very odd. I, too, am surprised but glad to see that no one automatically killed it; but using gloves to ease it into a box was not a smart move for an amateur.

Posted 8 September 2017, 5:20 p.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

They should name it Hillary.

Posted 8 September 2017, 7:12 p.m. Suggest removal

BirdDogsRock says...

HAHAHAHAHAHA, after the deception and betrayal the two-faced Trump just gave the entire Republican party about the debt ceiling, Pack and Travis are naming the snake after Democratic politicians?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! You guys are so ignorant you don't even realize how silly you look!
But god knows you gave me the best laugh of the week!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Posted 8 September 2017, 8:06 p.m. Suggest removal

mohinder says...

We need to stop bathing the east half of Arkansas in pesticides

Posted 8 September 2017, 10:08 p.m. Suggest removal

wolfman says...

that's it travis...bring politics into it. i wouldve rather have hilliary than whiney baby trump.

Posted 8 September 2017, 10:08 p.m. Suggest removal

dearlo says...

Wolfman I so agree.

Posted 9 September 2017, 1:04 a.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

@BirdDog, glad I could add some levity to your otherwise tedious life. Pack, how ironic you use the word whiney, does this mean you'll be first in line to Hillary's book signing for What Happened??!!

Posted 9 September 2017, 10:35 a.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

I'm sorry Pack, I meant Wolf.

Posted 9 September 2017, 10:38 a.m. Suggest removal

gagewatcher says...

what's with all the hateful, political vitriol? regarding a simple amazement of nature. Glad the gentleman did not kill the snake nor was harmed himself.

Posted 9 September 2017, 5:08 p.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...

Mohinder is correct. Too many pesticides. Now the earth is too warm and we are having megastorms. We need an environmental revolution.

Posted 9 September 2017, 7:32 p.m. Suggest removal

95Dakota says...

Thanks, BirdDog. It's odd that the story didn't mention that, but the slit-eyed pupils are pretty much a giveaway for a "don't touch me" creature. Evidently, the lineman knew to put on some heavy gloves first. . A reporter with any curiosity would have at least asked "what kind of snake was it?"

Posted 9 September 2017, 8:02 p.m. Suggest removal

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