Three-eyed snake found on roadside in Australia

A three-eyed snake has been found by the road in Australia.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife found the reptile near the small town of Humpty Doo.

Sharing the snaps on their Facebook page, they said: ‘The three-eyed snake warns The Dry is coming!’

Rangers say the snake measured around 40cm and was a juvenile.

X-rays of the snake were taken and revealed it had one skull, and not two heads forged together as was initially thought.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife said: ‘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.’

The photos have been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, and drawn thousands of bemused comments.

It is not the first time a deformed reptile has been found in Australia this year – a two-headed blue-tongue lizard was found in New South Wales.

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