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Rescue Snake Gets Special Crocheted Sweater For Christmas

“I never thought I would own a snake, but he’s been the best pet for me, in all honesty."

When his sister started asking questions about his pet corn snake, Spaghetti, Sean (who asked for his last name not to be mentioned) didn’t have any idea what she was up to. 

“She was asking how big or round is he, and I said, ‘About an inch or so,’” Sean told The Dodo. “She asked me how long he was, and I was like, ‘Well, he’s about 39 inches last time I measured him.’”

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Spaghetti, the snake who Sean adopted several years ago | Sean P

About four years ago, Sean adopted Spaghetti when his former owner moved to England.

“Spaghetti used to belong to my old roommate,” Sean said. “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.”

Since then, Sean has been wrapped up in Spaghetti — literally.

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Sean with Spaghetti wrapped around his neck | Sean P

“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.”

On Christmas Day this year, Sean’s sister presented a gift to Spaghetti — a special sweater that she made by crocheting yarn over a piece of PVC pipe.

Snake sweater in progress
Sean's sister holding up Spaghetti's half-made Christmas sweater | Sean P

“I think the sweater’s really cute,” Sean said.

Spaghetti seems to think so too. When Sean first showed Spaghetti the sweater, he happily wriggled his way inside of it, according to Sean.

Snake inside of Christmas sweater
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“Right before he sticks his head out through the end, he kind of parks it in there and waits,” Sean said. “Then after a minute or two, he’ll poke his head out and he’ll sit there and look around for a while.”

Technically, Spaghetti’s Christmas sweater isn’t actually a sweater. “It’s kind of like a sweater tube that he crawls through,” Sean said. “But he seems to like staying in there, which is kind of funny.”

Snake inside of Christmas sweater
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“Once he gets in, and he has his head poked out the other side, he sits in there for about five to 10 minutes,” Sean added.

Sean took a few photos of Spaghetti in his Christmas sweater to show his sister. But when Sean posted a photo on Reddit, it went viral. “It was a crazy Christmas because that thing just blew up really quick,” Sean said.

Snake inside of purple sweater
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Sean is hopeful that his sister makes Spaghetti a second one. “She might surprise me with another one,” he said. “Once she gets better at crocheting, she might try out a different pattern or something.”

Whatever happens, this Christmas gift was a hit — and Sean thinks that Spaghetti will be spending many happy hours snuggling inside of his sweater.