Part of Nicolas Cage’s wild menagerie was a two-headed snake

Nicolas Cage may love animals more than money. The eccentric actor reportedly burned around $150 million – squandered on eccentric goodies like a 67-million-year-old dinosaur head, a couple of islands and the first “Superman” comic – but his exotic pets are a constant. He has taken care of snakes, crows, cats, turtles, fish and at least one octopus.

As revealed in GQ’s April issue, maintaining his menagerie comes with challenges and joys. While caring for his Maine Coon cat, Merlin, he told the magazine, “He’s so kind and so loving. Sometimes he puts his arm around me when he sleeps and I think it’s my wife…”

Cage once owned a two-headed snake that he bought for $80,000 after dreaming of a two-headed eagle. But feeding the reptile was doubly difficult, so he donated it to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

Cage once owned a two-headed snake — and the two heads fought at feeding time.
Cage once owned a two-headed snake — and the two heads fought at feeding time.
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“Both heads were fully functional and able to swallow,” Robert Mendyk, curator of herpetology at the zoo, told The Post. “We had to take turns feeding each head and put a rubber spatula between the heads to prevent one head fighting over the other head’s food.”

Here’s a tally of Cage’s largely uncaged herd, past and present.

Huginn the talking crow

Cage’s crow lives in a geodesic dome in the actor’s Las Vegas home. This high-flyer is no ordinary bird, but has a white tuft of feathers in front and actually speaks. Although Cage was initially drawn to the Edgar Allan Poe connotations of the crow, he now seems to get a kick out of the fact that Hoogin berates him. As he told the LA Times, “When I leave the room, he says ‘bye’ and then ‘ass’.”

Of all of Cage's exotic purchases, insiders say pets are his greatest love.
Of all of Cage’s exotic purchases, insiders say pets are his greatest love.
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An octopus

In the mid-1980s, while living in an apartment in Hollywood, Cage had a pet octopus that he kept in an aquarium. According to the Los Angeles Times, the creature was hiding behind a rock and Cage was about to pry it free in favor of a visitor. Ink spattered his hand and he replied, “What a pity. Just when we were starting to get along.”

King cobras Moby and Sheba

During an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Cage told the show’s host about his pair of king cobras: a female named Sheba and an albino male who walked past Moby.

“I have them behind two computer-locked doors [with] bulletproof glass,” he said. “I like to get in my red leather chair and sip wine and watch them watch me.”

Cage went out of his way to point out that if he were bitten, he had only 15 minutes to live and that he had an antidote nearby just in case. He added that one of the snake pets – ever since it was donated to a zoo – routinely tried to hypnotize him before pouncing. “After that,” he told Letterman, “I’ll say ‘goodnight kids,’ go upstairs and lie down and think about what just happened.”

Harvey was bought for $80,000.
Harvey was bought for $80,000.
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Harvey the two-headed snake

Cage named his two-headed snake Harvey in homage to the two-faced “Batman” villain Harvey Dent. The reptile, which died last September at the age of 14 (quite well considering that, according to Mendyk, “most embryos with this disease do not hatch successfully”) caught the attention of director Werner Herzog, who portrayed Cage in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.”

Cage threw a party at the Big Easy and, to the dismay of his guests, brought out the snake. However, Herzog said, “Now, Nicolas, we have to put that in the film.” Cage explained to Interview magazine, “I said, ‘No, I’m not putting it in the film because it’s personal.’ So he filled the movie with snakes and iguanas and alligators, but he never got my two-headed snake.”

In the mid-1980s, while living in an apartment in Hollywood, Cage had a pet octopus that he kept in an aquarium.
In the mid-1980s, Cage lived in an apartment in Hollywood and had a pet octopus in an aquarium.
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Speckled Asian Water Monitors

When the reptile grew into a five-foot-long predator, the actor didn’t have time to properly care for it. No problem: The Wild Life Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Illinois was happy to take it off his hands.

Cage apparently sent it there in an overnight FedEx box. But as the center’s curator, Rob Carmichael, told Gazebo News, the giant lizard named Michael fared no worse: “He’s got a few dents and needs a bit of fattening up. But overall he’s in pretty good shape. The next day [after arriving]he ate quail, mice, and rats—delicious for a large, predatory lizard.”

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