This Yellow Belly was that one in a million born with two heads.
It was born in June, and has been doing very well ever since.
It is well past the early fragile stage. The head on the turtle's left is the dominant one.
Both heads feed and move independently.
The keeper who orders this turtle will truly have something very special....
I am in a moral conundrum here. On one side I think that there is something very morally dubious about selling lusus naturae to people as pets. The whole ethos of responsible pet keeping as promoted by our magazine The Amateur Naturalist is that when wild animals are kept in captivity it should be as a celebration of the diversity of wildlife in the world, and in as natural a habitat as possible. This is the most un-natural wild animal that one could possibly hope for.
But golly, I want one.