Snake with three eyes

Snake with Three Eyes Found in Australia

A python with a rare mutation was discovered by park officials in Australia.

Park officials in the Northern Territory of Australia announced that park rangers found a three-eyed snake along a highway near the town of Humpty Doo in March.

The 3-month old carpet python, nicknamed Monty (as in Monty Python) appeared to be normal in every way, with the exception of a third eye protruding from the top of its head.

“The snake is peculiar as an x-ray revealed it was not two separate heads forged together,” Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife wrote on Facebook, “rather it appeared to be one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes.”

Three-eyed snake found by park officials in Australia
Image: Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife

See the x-rays:

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Can you SEE what is wrong with this snake? 👀😮 This three-month old carpet python was found in its native habitat in Northern Australia by park rangers. 🐍 Apparently all three of its eyes functioned normally, and when they took radiographs they discovered it was not two heads fused together, but one skull with an extra socket. 🙀 Swipe right to see the x-rays! ➡️ All credit goes to @parksandwildlifent for graciously sharing such a cool reptile case (and emailing me the radiographs after I was a nerd and asked to see them 🙈)!

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“It was generally agreed that the eye likely developed very early during the embryonic stage of development,” the Facebook post said. “It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are relatively common.”

“Every baby has a mutation of some sort – this one is just particularly coarse and misshapen,” Prof Fry, from the University of Queensland, told the BBC. “I haven’t seen a three-eyed snake before, but we have a two-headed carpet python in our lab – it’s just a different kind of mutation like what we see with Siamese twins.”

An unusual mutation gave this Australian python a third eye
Image: Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife

Monty had been struggling to eat due to the mutation, and died just weeks after being found.

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