Snakes can make wonderful pets, but they are decidedly not for everyone. As exotic species, they are still looked at a bit askance as house pets by the public. One snake owner and his adorable corn snake, however, found acceptance and a surprise gift when they least expected it.
Sean owns a corn snake called Spaghetti, and he noticed his sister was suddenly asking a lot of odd questions about him. “She was asking how big or round is he, and I said, ‘About an inch or so,’” Sean said. “She asked me how long he was, and I was like, ‘Well, he’s about 39 inches last time I measured him.’” He was curious about all the questions as he had owned Spaghetti for some time.
Four years ago, Spaghetti's owner moved to England, and Sean stepped in to adopt the snake. “Spaghetti used to belong to my old roommate,” Sean explained. “He got [Spaghetti] from one of his old coworkers, and when my roommate had to move to England to get his master’s degree, he got on Facebook and tried to give him away, but nobody would take him. I’d lived with the snake for two years, and I loved him and I knew how to take care of him, so I said I would.”
Lucky for Spaghetti, he was left in the best hands possible. Sean found that a snake was the best kind of pet for him. “I never thought I would own a snake, but he’s been the best pet for me, in all honesty,” Sean said. “When I pick him up, he’ll wrap around my arm and then try and move to my neck then the top of my head. He’s literally a big hug.”
This Christmas, Sean found out why his sister had been asking so many questions about Spaghetti: She had crocheted a sweater for him. His sister used a piece of PVC pipe as her model. “I think the sweater’s really cute,” Sean said.
The snake likes the sweater so much he will wriggle right into it as soon as he sees it on the ground. “Right before he sticks his head out through the end, he kind of parks it in there and waits,” Sean explained. “Then after a minute or two, he’ll poke his head out and he’ll sit there and look around for a while.”
The sweater must be warm and comfy and provide Spaghetti with a sense of security. “It’s kind of like a sweater tube that he crawls through,” said Sean. “But he seems to like staying in there, which is kind of funny [...] Once he gets in, and he has his head poked out the other side, he sits in there for about five to 10 minutes."
When Sean posted a picture of Spaghetti in his sweater to Reddit, the picture went viral. “It was a crazy Christmas because that thing just blew up really quick,” Sean said.
He also hopes his sister will make his snake a second sweater. “She might surprise me with another one,” he said. “Once she gets better at crocheting, she might try out a different pattern or something.” In the meantime, check out Sean's video of Spaghetti slithering into his favorite sweater.