Held up in between two human fingers, this amazing two-headed African Spurred Tortoise is a rare sight to behold – and even evolutionist Charles Darwin would struggle to explain its unique deformity.
Delicate, precious and tiny, this pair, who have been handed two names – Madga (left head) and Lenka – are only seven weeks’ old. The duo, born in Slovenia in mind November, also have five legs (one more than normal) and were displayed in Zilina today.
Although the tortoise looks small now, it should grow much, much bigger. In fact, the species are the third largest in the world, after Darwin’s friends, the Galapagos Tortoise, and the Aldabra Giant Turtle.
The lifespan of an African Spurred Tortoise is about 30-50 years, though can live much longer – the oldest in captivity is 54 years, located in the Giza Zoological Gardens, Egypt, 1986.
Double header: Magda (left) and Lenka make up a seven-week-old African Spurred Tortoise discovered in Slovakia.
Unique: The rare tortoise also has five feet and was displayed at Zilina on Monday.
Fits in the hand: Adults can grow to have 24 to 36 inch long (60-90 cm) shells weighing 150 pounds (70 kg)
On the up: Though the tortoise is tiny now, the species will grow to become the third biggest in the world
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