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Some pet owners are always going above and beyond for their dependable pals. From cleverly crafted shelving systems for curious cats to dogs dressed in handmade Halloween costumes from Game of Thrones, at this point, it probably feels like we’ve seen it all. But you may not have seen this before: a snake with wings.
It’s not as terrifying as it sounds! They aren’t real wings and the snake can’t actually fly up into the air and dive-bomb you like a histrionic fanged bird.
But Instagram-famous snake @opal_escent was recently gifted beautiful white feathered wings from her creative owner, and she’s showing them off in an adorable set of photos even the least snake-friendly of us are bound to appreciate.
Opal is a blue-eyed leucistic ball python, and her owner has had Instagram accounts for her and a bearded dragon named Phillip for about a year. And yes, Phillip also has his own wings. Obviously.
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BEHOLD THE FEARSOME PHILLIP DRAGON! Thank you for 2000+ followers!! ❤️❤️❤️ #cutie #beardie #beardeddragon #beardiesofinsta #beardiesofinstagram #beardeddragons #beardeddragonsofig #beardeddragonsofinstagram #animals #cuteanimals #cutepets #cutepet #pagonavitticeps #lizard #lizardsofinstagram #reptiles #scalebaby #reptilesofinstagram #reptilemom #beardiemom #pogonasofinstagram #littlelove #thankyou #askinstagram #dragonwings #dragon #petcostume #petvideos #fire
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While Opal certainly already had her own dedicated following, the internet has been going absolutely gaga over this majestic slithering creature ever since a Twitter user shared the winged pics last night.
I don’t what’s cuter. The wings or calling snakes noodles— Incorrect Queen (@incorrect_queen) June 27, 2019
How my ex was disguised when she came into my life https://t.co/Q7lE5C7zsb— ™️ (@BlackTM_) June 27, 2019
Most importantly, the beautiful costume has given Opal’s new fans ample opportunities to make excellent pop culture references…
taylor swift in lover era https://t.co/tdODPoI5WR— deemah ⧗ WAS VIRTUESLIVE (@8adlands) June 27, 2019
OMG— Watt @ AX C14/C15 (@onemegawatt) June 27, 2019
What Dragonite could have been-
All snakes go to heaven— Commissions closed NuuNom (@nuu_nom) June 27, 2019
…especially the people who just binged Good Omens on Amazon Prime.
Lovechild of Aziraphale and Crowley— Lady Yona (@lady_yona) June 27, 2019
Crowley if he somehow got accepted again in Heaven: https://t.co/N1HU4vsw1j— Dysul Crowley ~ Ineffable Idiot (@DysulFurment) June 27, 2019
Of course, as with anything, there’s always the possibility of a more sinister interpretation of the set of images.
At last the great Quetzecoatl has descended upon this world!— Seann Barbour (@SeannWritesStuf) June 27, 2019
Hopefully, there’s no truth to that last one, but Opal could certainly cosplay as the Mesoamerican deity should she choose. Though taking on the role of a Crowley/Aziraphale love child-snake does seem like it would be a little more recognizable at any future snake comic-cons.
!!! I hope snake cosplays become a thing (if it's not already, i am sure it's already a thing)— Shattered-Earth @ AX L2/L3 (@Shattered_Earth) June 27, 2019
Rachel Kiley is a writer who sometimes writes things and sometimes is based in L.A., but is definitely always on Twitter @rachelkiley.