A special animal was born in Putten: a two-headed turtle. It is the preceding that this has happened in the Netherlands and is probably only the second two-headed spur turtle in the world. The other is from Belgium.
Eleven days ago, the two-headed reptile was hatched by a hobby breeder. He could not believe his eyes, but he really counted two heads, four front legs, two back legs and two small tails.
He contacted a veterinary clinic to have a CT and X-ray done. This showed that the animal has only one heart and one gastrointestinal tract. Therefore it is not conjoined twins, but one animal. According to the vet, the turtle has positive life expectancy as a result. “You can imagine that if there are two hearts and one heart is not functioning properly, it is not positive for the other half of the animal.”
The fun breeding and torture of himself in the veterinary clinic:
According to the veterinary clinic, a two-headed turtle could not survive in the wild. “If one head wants something different from the other, then such an animal no longer works. With a hobby breeder who takes positive care of his turtles, this problem does not exist. That is where he gets his food and drink .”
The special turtle was named Sorte, which means luck in Portuguese. Sorte now weighs only 34 grams, but eventually the animal can grow into a monster over 100 kilos. If all goes well, the turtle can live up to 50 years. It is not yet clear if Sorte is a boy or a girl.
Here you see Sorte in the egg: