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Aquarium auctions two-headed snake

ST. LOUIS, Missouri

For sale: One snake. Albino. Has two heads. Asking US$150,000 or best offer.

The World Aquarium in St. Louis has been home to We, a one-of-a-kind two-headed albino rat snake, since 1999. President Leonard Sonnenschein has decided to sell the reptile, and bidding on e-Bay will start at US$150,000.

The 6-1/2-year-old snake came to the aquarium's attention when its previous owner distributed a circular offering it for sale days after its birth. The aquarium paid US$15,000, knowing full well that most two-headed snakes don't live more than a few months.

But We has survived and thrived. Two and half centimeters thick and 1.2 meters long, she is a healthy size for a rat snake.

We has survived because, unlike some two-headed animals, both mouths are connected to the same stomach, Sonnenschein said.

Van Wallach of Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology said We should live an additional 10 to 15 years.

Healthy walking

NEW YORK, New York

Walking at least three times per week seems to significantly slow the functional decline seen in people with peripheral artery disease, a condition that involves hardening of the blood vessels in the legs and elsewhere, according to a new report.

Previous reports have linked exercise rehabilitation programs with improved treadmill performance in PAD patients, but the benefits of a regular walking program were unclear.

Walking at least three times per week was associated with a significantly smaller annual decline in the distance walked in six minutes compared with lesser amounts of walking.


Updated : 2021-05-09 14:23 GMT+08:00