You may say you hate snakes, but you haven’t seen this snake. Not many people have.
It was a carpet python, which are normally found in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. They can grow as long as 13-feet
But this sweet, little snake-baby was only 16-inches long – and had three eyes! A rare sight, indeed.
Monty Python, as he was named by the Northern Territory Park Rangers, was found earlier this year close to Darwin. Sadly, he later died.
NT Parks and Wildlife Ranger Ray Chatto told NT News, “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.”
I don’t know about you, but I think he’s sort of cute in a weird, alien, Australian outback sort of way.
The deformity was likely due to an additional eye socket. It had been theorized that Monty’s head was two snake heads fused together, but X-rays showed that Monty’s extra eye socket was present early in his embryonic state.
Reptile malformations are fairly common and probably not due to anything in particular. Monty’s body lies at the CSIRO in Darwin.
Sorry to see you go Monty. We hardly knew ye.