Two-headed turtle found in Havana, Cuba
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
October 1, 2005



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A baby two-headed turtle was found in Havana, Cuba on a river bank in the city forest. According to scientists of the local aquarium who inspected the animal, the turtle appears to be in good health.

In the wild, two-headed animals are not likely to live long. Having two heads impairs decision-making and reduces mobility, making it difficult to escape predators. Further, two heads may make it difficult to attact a mate.

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CITATION:
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com (October 01, 2005).

Two-headed turtle found in Havana, Cuba.

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