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Science, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 84 (Aug. 7, 1896), pp. 159-160


INQUIRIES from various quarters have been made so repeatedly for the sequel to the brief story of a young two-headed tortoise, Chrysemys picta, published in the American Journal of Science for October, 1888, that the author is led to believe that a public account thereof will serve more useful ends than many private ones. In order that the sequel may be more intelligible to all, a brief resume of the first paper will be given.

The young tortoise, hatched but a day or so, was found in the marshes bordering West River, New Haven, Conn. The carapace, which was somewhat broader than long and slightly distorted, bore the customary legs and tail, but there were two perfectly developed heads and necks. ...