Greek tortoises typically live for over 100 years. Some of them suffer from a series of genetic problems and are born with two heads, but in this case, their life expectancy is suddenly shortened. Usually, these curious animals do not manage to live more than a few years.
The weight of this turtle is a little more than one kilogram.
They have great difficulty moving and cannot protect themselves as effectively as turtles usually do by hiding their heads in their shells. However, Janus has come to make history. This is a turtle that was born at the Natural History Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.
The genus is named after the Roman god Janus, who is represented by two heads.
Initially, experts warned about the short lifespan of a turtle-like Janus. But the cute little animal did nothing but defy the worst predictions and left everyone speechless. He will be 23 in a few weeks.
Janus was born on September 3, 1997.
There is no exact record of this, but many believe it is the record of the two-headed Greek tortoise. At the museum, the turtle is given a lot of attention and they constantly monitor its health to make sure it never lacks anything.
“She has lived a long life with a strict routine: daily baths, sunbathing sessions, and a diet based on lettuce and tomatoes. She does not have an active sex life,” said a museum spokesman.
In Roman mythology, the god Janus had two heads: one looking into the past and one looking into the future. The friendly Swiss tortoise has few responsibilities and only cares about his sunbath and a well-deserved snack with a little extra lettuce.
Janice was born from an egg that was in an incubator.
For years she lived in a terrarium specially designed for her. However, she has grown quite a bit so they are building a new space that will fit her needs.
Each genus has a separate brain, but the right one seems to be more dominant.
Everyone became so attached to Janus that they decided to make him the museum’s official mascot. Many people come there for the sole purpose of meeting him. After all, it is a very curious animal that managed to make history.
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