(KGET) – It’s not every day someone comes upon a three-eyed snake.
But that’s what happened to some wildlife officials in Australia.
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife rangers found a 15-inch juvenile carpet python with three eyes on a highway in an area of Northern Territory near Darwin in March.
In a Facebook post, officials said an X-ray revealed that it was not one snake with two heads. The X-ray showed one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes.
So it’s likely that the extra eye developed sometime during the embryonic stage, officials said.
Officials said the extra eye is a “natural occurrence” as abnormal features are common in reptiles.
The snake, named Monty Python, died weeks later.
The agency’s post has been shared more than 16,000 times.