Double vision: Inside collector's amazing menagerie of two-headed animals


Meet Pancho and Lefty: Todd Ray poses with one of his two-headed, six-legged bearded dragons

Meet Jeckyl and Hyde.
The six-legged bearded dragon is the latest addition to a family of two-headed animals owned by Grammy award-winner Todd Ray.
The former music producer to heavyweights like Mick Jagger and the Beastie Boys is now owner of the world's largest collection of double-headed animals.
As the Huffington Post reports, Ray's exotic collection already includes a two-headed bearded dragon named Pancho and Lefty that will turn two in May.
But Ray, who features his animals in the Venice Beach Freakshow on the famous California boardwalk, couldn't pass up the chance to add to his collection.
Jeckyl and Hyde, named after characters in Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, were born in San Diego about five months ago, he said.

And despite appearances, the two heads do not appear to be like-minded.
'Hyde is actually a parasitic twin. He comes out of Jeckyl's side and his movement is restricted from the chest up,' Ray said, adding that Jeckyl does the eating, while Hyde seems to only drink water.
Ray has 22 living two-headed animals in his collection, many with names as unique as their looks.
There is Laverne and Shirley, the two-headed kingsnake, Lenny and Squiggy the albino hognosed snake and Cheech and Chong, the tortoise.
He also owns a two-headed goat, a two-headed terrapin and the world’s only living three-headed creature: a turtle named Myrtle, Squirtle, and Thirdle.

New additions: Jeckyl and Hyde, named after characters in Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, are about five months old

The Guinness Book of World Records named Ray owner of the largest collection of two-headed, or dicephalic, animals in January 2010.
According to the organisation's website, he has spent over $157,000 on his acquisitions. Ray also owns a number of preserved two-headed specimens.
But he didn't put Jeckyl and Hyde on display at the Freakshow until recently.

Creature double feature: Todd Ray owns the largest collection of living two-headed animals in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records - including these two turtles

Split personalities? Laverne and Shirley is the name of Ray's two-headed kingsnake

At home: Todd Ray's son Phoenix shows off his two-headed goat in 2010

Spectacle: Ray also owns a number of preserved two-headed specimens, including this kitten with two faces

On display: Ray shows of a two-headed calf skull that is part of his vast collection

'I had to acclimate them to the Freakshow,' he told the Huffington Post.
'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.'
Both are responding well to treatment, he said.

source: dailymail