Snake with three eyes found on highway (Photo: Facebook/Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife)
A three-eyed snake has been discovered by Wildlife authorities in Northern Australia along a highway. The Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service described the discovery of the baby python with three eyes as "peculiar" and was nicknamed Monty Python.
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife took to Facebook on Wednesday to share pictures of the 16-inch baby carpet python just outside of a town called Humpty Doo, and since then their post has gone massively viral collecting over 8,000 comments and more than 13,000 'shares' on Facebook.
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Snake expert Prof Bryan Fry of the University of Queensland told the BBC that mutations such as an extra eye are a natural part of evolution.
“Every baby has a mutation of some sort ― this one is just particularly coarse and misshapen,” Fry said. “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.”
The baby python with three eyes whom experts says appeared to be a natural mutation is reported to have died just weeks after it was found in March.