A Two-Headed Alligator in Tampa?

A Facebook post of a two-headed alligator is causing quite a stir.

A photo of a two-headed alligator reported in Tampa is causing a stir on Facebook. (Screenshot: Facebook/Justin Arnold)
A photo of a two-headed alligator reported in Tampa is causing a stir on Facebook. (Screenshot: Facebook/Justin Arnold)

Talk about a head-turner! A photo of an apparent two-headed alligator is causing quite the huge stir on social media.

First reported by WTSP, a Florida resident named Justin Arnold says he saw a two-headed alligator along the banks of the Hillsborough River in Seminole Heights Friday, a photo of which he posted to his page.

“I was walking my dog yesterday and noticed a few people gathered by the Hillsborough River,” the post reads. “When I went closer I was amazed to see a two headed alligator.”

Some commenters on social media argue that the creature looks as though it might be taxidermied. In the photograph, its legs appear to be in the air and not bearing weight, as if the creature is rigid. Others argue the image is Photoshopped.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission tells Patch they received a report of a two-headed alligator Monday morning, and sent trappers to the river to investigate the alleged sighting.

Two-headed reptiles are known as polycephaly, and are extremely rare in the wild.

Arnold, according to media reports, hasn't been returning calls. We'll update when we have more information. 

What do you think -- real or a summer social media gag? Let us know in the comments.

knee jerk July 03, 2014 at 04:10 PM
@Michele: You posted yours 2hrs and 1 minute AFTER my post. A typical anti Obama, no new ideas of your own. DUH
Michele July 03, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Knee Jerk....now I see where you get your name! Unlike you, I don't have to time to sit in front of my computer all day reading everyone's comments!
knee jerk July 03, 2014 at 05:19 PM
DUH, How could you read Elizabeths post without reading mine right below hers. I can see you right wingers being pig headed, stuborn and dumb, after all Bush the Stupid was your poster child, but blind?
Elaine Parsons Burris July 03, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Oh Lord another Obama supporter. Go hide your head in the sand. Why do you follow this man. He is being strung along by George Soros. He is a puppet.
Michele July 07, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Actually, I am legally blind. Thanks


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