Double celebration: Janus the two-headed turtle celebrates its 25th birthday – Earth – Science and technology


The two-headed Janus turtle, which has become the mascot of the Natural History Museum in Geneva, is celebrating its 25th birthday these days.

Here, Janus, who also has two hearts, two lungs and two different personalities, receives the loving care that has made him apparently the world’s longest-living two-headed turtle.

The caretakers, who feed him salad of organic quality, massage him every day and bathe him in a decoction of chamomile and green tea, admit that he would not survive long in the wild. He cannot pull his two heads into the armor to protect them from the enemy. “I think it’s because of the attention and dedication we give him,” says nurse Angelica Bourgoin about Janus living a quarter of a century.

He regularly goes for walks, which are sometimes accompanied by music, he rides a customized skateboard. This Greek tortoise is named after the Roman god John, who is often depicted with two faces.

Janus is under constant surveillance in case he falls over, which could be fatal for him. Two years ago, he survived an operation for a urinary stone and it is necessary that someone regularly lubricates his head with Vaseline so that it does not rub against each other.

Because of the two different natures, the turtle often comes into conflict with itself, for example, about which direction to go. “The right head is more curious, points upwards more often and has a stronger personality.

The left side is more passive and likes it,” explains Bourgoinová of Janus’s different characters, adding that while one head loves chicory, the other finds carrots a delicacy.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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