Two-Headed Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling

In late August, a two-headed terrapin hatchling emerged from a nest in Eastham on the Outer Cape. Except for two heads, of course, the shell appears normal with an enlarged, split nuchal on the carapace and an extra, middle gular scute on the plastron. The left head seems to control the left two limbs and the right head appears to control the right two limbs.

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Two-Headed Terrapin Hatchling from Eastham, MA

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  1. [...] diamondback terrapin hatchling(s) discovered last August in Eastham on the Outer Cape (see Two-Headed Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling) is/are doing just fine in their winter quarters.  Luckily, they have been absolved of trying [...]

  2. [...] These Siamese twins were first documented on Turtle Journal in the posting entitled “Two-Headed Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling” in late August and updated in mid-January in an article called “Two-Headed Diamondback [...]