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“Two-headed” Skink Born at Chicago Zoo

Zookeepers at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo are celebrating the birth this week of a shingleback skink. “A miniature replica of the adults, this scaly newborn has a face only a mother, and perhaps a zookeeper, could love,” Lincoln Park said in the caption released with this photo.


Photo of shingleback skinks by Joel Pond

Native to Australia, shingleback skinks are sometimes called two-headed skinks due to their deceptive characteristics, the zoo said. “Their tail is shaped exactly like their head (minus the eyes and mouth). This feature is effective at confusing predators.”

Although the shingleback skink is fairly common in the wild, births are rare in zoos. This is Lincoln Park Zoo’s fourth birth since 2000.

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  1. Karen
    Perth, Australia
    January 8, 2013, 3:50 am

    I have found a Two Headed Skink, in my garden! I have no kids, cats or dogs, so hopefully it feels safe here. I give her fresh fruit and water!
    Congrats. on the birth of your baby Skink at the zoo! Well done!