Nicolas Cage may love animals more than money. The eccentric actor is said to be burned about $150 million – on eccentric embellishments like a 67 million year old dinosaur head, a couple of islands and the blown 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 the April issue of GQ, maintaining his menagerie comes with both 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.
“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 said the LA Times“When I leave the room, he says ‘bye’ and then ‘ass’.”
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 wanted to solve it 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 said the presenter of the show about his pair of king cobras: a female named Sheba and an albino male walking 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 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 into the movie.” As a cage explained it 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.”
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 there in a FedEx box overnight. But as center curator Rob Carmichael said Gazebo NewsThe giant lizard named Michael was no worse: “He has a few dents and still needs to be fattened up a bit. 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.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/23/nicolas-cages-wild-menagerie-included-a-two-headed-snake/ Part of Nicolas Cage’s wild menagerie was a two-headed snake