The unusual sighting happened along a highway in which the rare snake was spotted with two eyes located on either side of its head and an extra one in the center.
Wait, a second! Did George RR Martin just invade Australia? The reason behind this is that a couple of rangers working with the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife in Australia have just discovered a three-eyed snake in a town near Humpty Doo. Yes, take a minute to read that line because it is as real as it gets. The unusual sighting happened along a highway in which the rare snake was spotted with two eyes located on either side of its head and an extra one in the center, reports BBC.
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service wrote on Facebook: "Our Rangers found a three-eyed snake on the Arnhem Highway near Humpty Doo just out of Darwin. It was a juvenile, approximately 40cm long. The snake is peculiar as an X-ray revealed it was not two separate heads forged together, rather it appeared to be one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes."
"It was generally agreed that the eye likely developed very early during the embryonic stage of development. It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are relatively common."
And the best part is that the snake also has a new name now. It is called Monty Python. It's got a nice ring to it, right?
Now after reading this, many might be recalling the three-eyed Raven from Game of Thrones and if you are a bit more old school, radioactive three-eyed fish from The Simpsons. But we don't have to worry about it because the Rangers have confirmed the mutation happened because the eye developed an embryo and not due to environmental factors.
"Every baby has a mutation of some sort - this one is just particularly coarse and misshapen," Prof Fry from the University of Queensland told BBC.
"I haven't seen a three-eyed snake before, but we have a two-headed carpet python in our lab - it's just a different kind of mutation like what we see with Siamese twins." He added that the snake's third eye may have been "the last little bit of a twin that's been absorbed."
The 40cm-long (15 inches) snake was unable to eat properly because of its deformity and as a result it became malnourished, reports BBC. The reptile is reportedly said to have died soon after it was captured.
wonder what Bran is watching down under from his GoT wheelchair ...— Vince Dick (@dick_vince) May 2, 2019
The photos of the juvenile snake have been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, and many people are still wondering how it is existed. This rare sighting of the three-eyed snake just cements the fact that Australia is truly the land of odd animals.
And this is not obviously the first time that a deformed reptile was spotted in Australia this year. According to Sky Sports, a two-headed blue-tongue lizard was found in New South Wales. It sounds unbelievable, doesn't it?
The name of the reptile is Lucky and he is now being kept at a reptile park as many animals that have deformities have a small life expectancy out in the wild.