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David Moye

Two-headed Bearded Dragon: One Head Eats, The Other Drinks (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/13/2012 10:52 am Updated: 04/13/2012 10:27 pm

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Jeckyl and Hyde is a two-headed, six-legged bearded dragon belonging to Todd Ray, who has the largest collection of multi-domed and multi-limbed animals in the world. Jeckyl eats, but Hyde only drinks.

When you're a collector of two-headed animals, you can't stop at just one.

Case in point: Todd Ray owns what is believed to be the largest collection of two-headed animals in the world, displaying many at the Venice Beach Freakshow in Los Angeles.

Although Ray already has a two-headed, six-legged bearded dragon named Pancho and Lefty, that will turn two in May, he couldn't turn down the chance to own a second one.

So the newest addition to his multi-headed and multi-limbed menagerie is Jeckyl and Hyde. The newcomer is like Pancho and Lefty -- a two-headed, six-legged bearded dragon -- but is younger and much smaller.

"They're about five months old," Ray told The Huffington Post. "They were born in San Diego and I heard about them, contacted their owner and they've been mine for about two months."

Jeckyl and Hyde may have two heads, but they're not of two minds when it comes to roaming around their cage.

"Hyde is actually a parasitic twin," Ray said. "He comes out of Jeckyl's side and his movement is restricted from the chest up."

At first Ray thought they were sharing a heart, but he now believes they each have one. However, Jeckyl does most of the digesting.

"Jeckyl does all the eating and Hyde only drinks water," Ray said. "I think Hyde ate crickets once. That's it."


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  • Todd Ray's Two-headed Animals

    This two-headed hognose snake is the newest member -- or members -- of Todd Ray's collection of multi-headed animals. It is about one month old and Ray is trying to find a name for it.

  • Todd Ray's Two-headed Animals

    Ray spent around $5,000 for Pancho and Lefty after they were born in May, 2010. He believes they are the rarest animals in the world and is proud he's been able to keep them alive for a year since most people didn't think they'd survive a month.

  • Todd Ray's Two-headed Animals

    According to Ray, Pancho is the more aggressive one, and prefers crickets. Lefty, on the other hand is more docile and prefers greens.

  • Todd Ray's Two-headed Animals

    Laverne and Shirley is what Ray calls this two-headed king snake born in Italy. Ray says when he feeds one a mouse he has to put a playing card between them because otherwise they'd start eating each other.

  • Todd Ray's Two-headed Animals

    Ray says Lenny and Squiggy, a two-headed Albino Hognose snake, is considered by some to be the rarest snake on Earth.

  • Todd Ray's Two-headed Animals

    Myrtle and Squirtle, a two-headed turtle, was Ray's first double-domed creature. He bought her 10 years ago and says he was mesmerized. "It was literally the cutest thing I ever saw in my life," he said.

  • Todd Ray's Two-headed Animals

    Jeckyl and Hyde is the latest two-headed creature owned by Todd Ray, who displays them at the Venice Beach Freakshow in Los Angeles. A little more than five months old, Ray says Jeckyl does the eating and Hyde only drinks water.

By comparison, Pancho and Lefty, divides the eating differently.

"Pancho eats the crickets and Lefty is vegetarian," Ray said. "He only eats greens."

Ray has 22 living double-domed animals in all (44 if you count each head), and more in a taxidermied state.

But Jeckyl and Hyde weren't put on display until recently.

"I had to acclimate them to the Freakshow," he said. "Hyde had sand in his eye from being dragged around by Jeckyl. Bearded dragons belong in sand, but this is unusual so the previous owner was only doing what he knew from dealing with one-headed reptiles."

Luckily, Hyde's eye is responding well to treatment -- and so is Jeckyl.

The two-headed animals are a tipping point for weirdness in nature, he said.

“I think two-headed animals show that the idea of what is normal has reached its end,” Ray said.

Although bearded dragons can be put in the same cage, Ray is not going to introduce Pancho and Lefty to Jeckyl and Hyde.

"I don't want to do that. Jeckyl and Hyde are smaller and they're only two-of-a-kind."