Before owning my first pet snake I was terrified of them. I had never held a snake before in my life and just the idea of having one in my room was ridiculous to me. I was raised to be scared of them and one day I had this impulsive decision to go to the East Bay Vivarium and buy my very own pet snake.

I ended up with an adult size Children's Python, his name is Salazar. Of course, named after the glorious Salazar Slytherin, he was my first reptilian love. We did everything together; watched Netflix, took selfies, had long conversations about life, I even took him to the park with me once. I was obsessed.

Sadly, I had to give Salazar to a friend before moving to LA. I was plotting to sneak him into my dorm but I'm pretty sure my roommates wouldn't have appreciated seeing frozen mice in our little fridge. Despite having to feed them mice snakes are the best pets to have and here's why:

They know how to take bomb selfies

Salazar and I had the best time take selfies. He just knew when to post when he was suppose to.

They don't make any noise


Okay he did make noise but it's the noise of him slithering around him his tank at night since he's nocturnal.

They eat once a week


This is also dependent on the snake as well. I tried feeding Salazar twice a week and he started getting fat rolls on his tail. Yes, snakes can be overweight too.

Best Medusa halloween prop


Salazar was the best prop and because everyone was scared of snakes no one dared to touch me that night.

You can practice your parseltongue


To all you muggle borns, parseltongue is the language of serpents so yes I may or may have not tried to speak to my snake quoting Harry Potter.

Snakes are the best pets for people who want love and affection with less work. What I mean by less work is that they don't require your attention 24/7. They like to be left alone and occasionally you would hold them and help them exercise. They do require a lot of responsibility in aspects of cleaning and temperature control. Like us, they are picky about their water and food but like all living beings, why would they consume spoiled stuff.

If you are planning to own a snake, do a bunch of research before! They are delicate animals and just because they don't look affectionate and cuddly doesn't mean they don't need all the affection and care from you.