Jill Layton
August 28, 2016 9:37 am
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Fifteen years ago, Britney Spears performed her song “I’m A Slave 4 U” at the MTV Video Music Awards. While Spears put on one helluva show (duh, she always does), it was someone else who completely STOLE the entire night.

The yellow snake.

Remember when halfway through her performance, Spears all of a sudden grabbed a seven-foot albino Burmese python from a dancer and draped it across her shoulders? And she was like, super casual about dancing and twirling around with the oversized reptile just chillin’ so close to her neck?

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That’s precisely the moment when the life of that snake changed forever and it became an overnight snake success story.

At least in our minds, that’s what happened.

But we HAVE always wondered what happened to the snake. And now we have the answer!

MTV News did some serious digging and found some interesting info regarding the snake. For starters, she’s female and she has a name, you guys.

It’s Banana — which is obviously ridiculously fitting for a yellow snake.

In a 2012 interview, Spears said Banana was doing great. But according to the snake’s handler, she didn’t actually have a name. So when Spears asked her name, he likely just made up the name “Banana.”

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Which is totally fine — but we’re going to still go with Banana.

Banana has grown from a mere 20 pounds when she danced with Spears to over 100 pounds and around 15 feet long. She’s currently living with a friend of her handler’s and likely has absolutely no idea she’s a pop culture icon. Because she’s obviously super humble.

Spears will be returning to the VMA stage on Sunday to promote her new album Glory, which was released on Friday.

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