Rangers working near Darwin in northern Australia have found an unusual snake at the side of a road. The malformed reptile had three eyes instead of two.
X-rays revealed the juvenile snake, which measured about 15 inches, had an extra eye socket on its head. According to a post from the official Northern Territories Parks and Wildlife Facebook account, the snake’s third eye was functional.
Rangers said the snake probably grew its extra eye as an embryo. It’s “extremely unlikely” to be the result of environmental factors, they wrote, as naturally-occurring malformations are quite common in reptiles.