Upon finding a baby king snake with two fully functional heads in his backyard, Tennessee man Paul Carver took it to state wildlife officials, who were just as baffled as he was.

“I’ve been working 13 years and been in the woods all my life — nearly 40 years — and I’ve never seen anything like this,” explained wildlife officer Dale Grandstaff.

It turns out that two heads aren’t better than one when it comes to snakes, as the palm-sized oddity seems to have trouble swallowing when both heads want to eat food, and is malnourished as a result.

The snake — which would quickly die in the wild — has been brought to a local university, where they hope to figure out how to keep the hungry creature alive. Learn more about the two-headed serpent below: