Meet Janus, The World’s Oldest Two-Headed Tortoise

Janus, The World’s Oldest Two-Headed Tortoise

Some animals cause buzz over the internet because of their distinct appearance and specific features. Nowadays Janus, the two-headed tortoise is the world’s oldest of its kind and hence becoming a sensation for many. The Janus tortoise was named after the Roman god of beginnings and endings, as its two heads symbolize the duality of life. 

Janus, the two-headed tortoise, belongs to a species known for their longevity.

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Janus, The World’s Oldest Two-Headed Tortoise

Janus is around 25 years old, which is remarkably high for its species. The age of Janus is a significant milestone for a two-headed tortoise. It is rare for a tortoise to be born with two heads which makes Janus unique of its kind. However, two heads are very challenging for the creatures. Not only two heads, Janus also has two hearts, two pairs of lungs, and two distinct personalities. He would have not survived in the wild as he cannot retreat his head into his shell to seek shelter from predators, stated by researchers. 

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He was hatched in 1997, at the Geneva Natural History Museum. Bourgoin and her team of cares believes that he is the world’s oldest bicephalic tortoise-can cater to his every need.  

Janus, The World’s Oldest Two-Headed Tortoise

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Janus’ two heads are connected to his single body, which means both heads have to coordinate to carry out everybody’s functions. When one head eats, the other has to support the body. Janus must be fed twice because both of his heads have separate digestive systems. The museum staff take care of Janus’s diet and proper medical care. However, it is under surveillance after being operated on by bladder stone because it would be fatal if it flips over. 

His heads need periodic Vaseline treatment to stop getting sore when they rub together. Apart from the body, his two heads also generate two different moods and tastes that can occasionally lead to conflict, for example which direction to walk. 

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Janus, The World’s Oldest Two-Headed Tortoise

Though Janus’ longevity depends on its diet and care, Greek tortoises have a lifespan of almost 5-70 years. Hence we can say that it has plenty of life left in it. The museum staff provide a balanced diet which includes fruits and vegetables, which helps to keep it healthy. They have a set up also to provide Janus a special enclosure, where visitors can see him closely. The chamber also provides it with ample space to move around so that he would not disturbed in daily activities.

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Well Janus has captivated the attention of many around the world with its two headed personality and longevity.  

Janus’ life story is a testament to the resilience of animals and the importance of proper care. 

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