When you own the world's largest collection of two-headed animals, what are two heads more?
Todd Ray didn't think twice when he had a chance to add a two-headed bearded dragon to his multi-domed menagerie.
"A friend of mine saw a guy in China who posted about having a two-headed bearded dragon," Ray told The Huffington Post. "Then other people sent me the link."
Ray, who displays many of his creatures at the Venice Beach Freakshow in Los Angeles, alternatively uses the singular and the plural when he talks about conjoined animals, and since he's not making the distinction, we will just do likewise.
Ray has owned other two-headed bearded dragons, but this one might be the first female set. He's hoping to find that out soon.
"They're just beautiful!" he said.
Ray was able to contact the dragon's "daddy" in Hong Kong, but the man was close to selling the unusual animal to someone else.
"He had a $5,000 offer, but said he didn't think the potential owner really appreciated their beauty," Ray said. "I told him, 'If anyone is going to love these as much as you, it's me!' Plus, I offered him a little more money."
Once a deal was made, Ray made arrangements to have the animals sent to him by plane.
"They were here within 24 hours, but the waiting period is always scary, especially with an animal this rare," he said.
Ray has had the animals for about 10 days and he said they are fascinating.
"The right head seems to control the body more, but the left one is very tough. It thinks it's running things."
Ray hasn't named them yet, but if he goes with tradition, he will name them after another famous duo, such as Cheng and Eng or Pancho and Lefty.
"I think they might be female, but I'm still trying to figure it out," he said.