Pet store puts conjoined-twin turtle on display

Store manager Jay Jacoby displays a two-headed red slider turtle at Big Al's Aquarium Supercenter in East Norriton Pa. The rare turtle is on display at the store. Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A pet store has bought conjoined turtle
twins from a collector and plans to keep it on display, the store
manager said.

The 2-month-old turtle, known as a red-eared slider, fits on a
silver dollar. It has two heads sticking out from opposite ends of
its shell, along with a pair of front feet on each side. But there
is just one set of back feet and one tail.

The turtle is apparently healthy, and the species can live 15 to
20 years, said Jay Jacoby, manager of Big Al's Aquarium Supercenter
in East Norriton. The turtle has not yet been named.

The store would not disclose how much it paid.

The same exotic-turtle collector sold another Big Al's store a
conjoined-twin turtle about 20 years ago, Jacoby said. The man
lives in Florida, but he declined to identify him.