YouTube user Ed Taoka has been documenting his reticulated python growing up with his 3-year-old daughter for a year. His most recent video, which was uploaded April 5, shows the little girl in her Hello Kitty onesie petting the 8-foot snake as it crawls along a windowsill.
The snake doesn’t show a whole lot of interest in the girl as she goes about her business playing with it. At one point, the girl gallops her little pony on the snake’s back, with no reaction from the snake at all. The python then calmly crawls toward her and past her head, and that’s when the little girl proceeds to hug the reptile.
It’s a short but sweet clip, and it just goes to show that you don’t have to be the same species to be friends.
The reticulated python, also known as a retic, is one of the longest snakes in the world, capable of growing more than 20 feet in length. There are also smaller versions of the retic called dwarfs and super dwarfs which grow to about 10 to 12 feet and 6 to 8 feet in length, respectively. This species of snake has been bred in captivity for more than 30 years and are popular pets with reptilekeepers. Taoka does not specify in his video or in the information if his snake is of the dwarf variety, but it sure is a pretty snake.