Two-headed tortoise still makes waves 23 years later

Justin Chan
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A two-headed tortoise in Geneva has remained the talk of the town, nearly 23 years following its birth.

According to the Daily Mail, Janus, a Greek tortoise born in the Swiss city’s Museum of Natural History, turns 23 in September. The slow-moving reptile, which is also the museum’s mascot, is reportedly one of the oldest of its kind — most animals with two heads die at a young.

Recent photos of Janus from the Associated Press, however, reveal that the tortoise is still very much alive and well. One image shows the unusual tortoise munching on what appears to be red cabbages. Other pictures show the turtle resting in the palms of several people’s hands (see below).

Credit: Associated Press
Credit: Associated Press
Credit: Associated Press
Credit: Associated Press
Credit: Associated Press
Credit: Associated Press

According to Reptile Magazine, the Greek tortoise is commonly found in hillsides, forests and meadows throughout North Africa, southern Europe and southwest Asia. It can live up to 100 years old, and most can grow up to 8 inches. The tortoise can feed on anything from dandelions to wild strawberries.

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