Lifestyle Pets Rare Two-Headed Snake Donated by Nicolas Cage Dies at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans Nicolas Cage recently shared a fond memory of Harvey, the two-headed snake, which he donated to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans back in 2008 By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 16, 2021 02:42 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Audubon Nature Institute; JC Olivera/Getty Harvey, a rare two-headed gopher snake at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, has died. He was estimated to be around 14 years old. Named after the Batman villain Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two-Face), the snake was donated to the zoo in 2008 by Nicolas Cage. Audubon announced Harvey's death Wednesday on Instagram, revealing that he succumbed to "health issues related to old age." "We are sad to announce the passing of Harvey, the Zoo's beloved two-headed gopher snake," the zoo wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of the yellow-scaled snake. Nicolas Cage on the Role Wife Riko Shibata's Pet Flying Squirrels Had in Their Relationship The snake had a rare condition called bicephaly, which is the result of twins not fully dividing during development in the embryo. Many snakes with this condition don't properly develop and die before hatching, according to Smithsonian Magazine, and few survive to adulthood. Harvey had full use of both heads, "although one was clearly more dominant than the other. Although Harvey had two separate brains, both heads shared a single pair of every other organ." Cage, 57, has fond memories of Harvey before donating him to the Audubon Zoo. He recounted a party at his former historic home, the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, where Harvey was almost cast in his 2009 Werner Herzog-helmed movie Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. RELATED VIDEO: Giant Galápagos Tortoises Trek Across ZSL London Zoo to their New Home "We had a big party, Werner came over, and, at the time, I owned a two-headed snake, which I had spent a lot of money on and subsequently donated to the Audubon Zoo," Cage told Interview Magazine in October. "But I brought it out, and everybody was freaked out by it. Werner said, 'Now, Nicolas, we have to put that into the movie.' I said, 'No, I'm not putting it into the movie because this is personal.' So he filled the movie with snakes, iguanas, and alligators, but he never got the two-headed snake."