Kirkwood welcomes Missouri’s two-headed snake for an extended stay

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. – A rare two-headed snake named Tiger-Lily usually slithers around Branson, but conservation officials will bring it to Kirkwood for an extended stay, starting next week.

Tiger-Lily, a female snake, is six years old and was first found in Stone County in the fall of 2017.

She will be transferred to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood on a loan. Tiger-Lily has called Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center near Branson home for several years, but the venue is currently closed for construction. 

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Tiger-Lily will arrive at Powder Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit Tiger-Lily during the center’s operating hours through the end of February.

MDC says “Tiger-Lily is almost five feet long and has a healthy appetite.”

Conservation officials have been treating Tiger-Lily for several years. A two-headed snake like Tiger-Lily might struggle in the wild with eating and escaping dangerous situations. MDC officials say a two-headed snake’s chances of survival are much better.

Powder Valley Nature Center, Tiger-Lily’s upcoming shelter, is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44.

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