Thursday, September 8, 2011

Freaks of Nature

Yes, just like humans, we have freaks, too. And some are just extraordinary creatures. This 2-month old conjoined red-eared slider has two heads sticking out from opposite ends of its shell, along with a pair of front feet on each side. But there is just one set of back feet and one tail. Not going anywhere fast.

This little two-headed baby is growing at a rapid rate. While its siblings grow at a steady pace, this tiny creature's extraordinary growth spurt is because having two heads allows it to eat twice as much and twice as fast.

Freak or not, this relatively unknown fella - the Mary River Turtle of Queensland, Australia, has the coolest hair of any turtle, simply because we don't have hair! It's one of the more unusual species of turtles as it has fangs, breathes through lung-like structures in its tail and needs shallow water to survive and algae grows right on its body. Strange dude, but we love him anyway.


  1. Is that "Mary River Turtle" for real? Looks like it ripped up some algae while chompin' on a snail. Don't like it.

  2. Whenever Flo from "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" was angry at Mel,which was often, she would often floor him with her famous catchphrase, "Kiss mah grits!!!"