Snake with three eyes in Australia, labelled cute for its “peculiar” deformity.
A snake found in the Northern Territory brings new meaning to the concept of a third eye.
The more spiritual among us like to talk about the importance of an invisible third eye that provides perception beyond ordinary sight. But this snake actually has one, so he must be one enlightened reptile.
The somewhat deformed long carpet python was found by rangers in the outback, outside the city of Darwin recently.
The NT Parks and Wildlife Commission posted gorgeous photos of the “peculiar” animal on its Facebook page on Wednesday.
“Our Rangers found a three-eyed snake on the Arnhem Highway near Humpty Doo just out of Darwin. It was a juvenile, approximately 40cm long,” the post says.
At first they thought it might have had two heads, but an X-ray revealed the snake just had a third eye socket with a functional eyeball.
“The snake is peculiar as an X-ray revealed it was not two separate heads forged together, rather it appeared to be one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes,” the rangers wrote.
“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.”
A number of Facebook commenters thought the little guy with his unusual defect was rather cute. But others thought three-eyed snakes look even scarier than two-eyed normies.
The juvenile snake was around three months old when it was found, rangers told the NT News.
The snake was named Monty Python but sadly died after it was found.
“It’s remarkable it was able to survive so long in the wild with its deformity, and he was struggling to feed before he died last week,” ranger Ray Chatto told the newspaper.