Justin Bieber announced that he is giving up his pet boa constrictor Johnson to charity, perhaps because he's too busy working on world domination.
A disclaimer on the auction site warns: "Keeping a pet snake is a long-term responsibility. Before making any decision about keeping one, please ensure you have the money, space, knowledge, time, resources and enthusiasm required to properly care for the species you intend to keep, for the duration of its life."
That warning isn't wrong and hints at why a star as busy as Bieber had to part ways with the boa. Pet-Snakes.com says that it takes a certain kind of person to handle a snake. Responsibilities include:
Overall health of the snake. It’s something you should pay attention to each and every day.
Feeding. Knowing what to feed, when to feed, and how to feed.
Environment. Keeping the snakes home at the right temperature and right humidity can be a lot of work.
Handling. Your snake should be handled on a daily basis in most instances. You shouldn’t handle it for 24-48 hours after eating and at least 5-7 days after you bring it home.
Cleanliness. Because snakes don’t relieve themselves on a daily basis it can be easy to forget about cleaning their tanks, but you have to keep up with it.
The site also says that Justin Bieber would have to spend time being an ambassador:
"You’ll need to represent snakes to the general public and more likely your immediate family in a common sense, knowledgeable, and confident manner.
Educating the public about snakes is one of your greatest responsibilities as an owner. Being able to convey what amazing animals they are and to explain why you keep them as pets is paramount to being an ambassador. Of course some people are afraid of snakes and you’ll have to learn how to deal with these kinds of people on a case by case basis."
That may be too much to ask of Bieber, who is currently supporting his Christmas album Under the Mistletoe, which just debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart. A portion of the album's sales will go to charity.
Pet-Snakes.com does list out an area that Bieber wouldn't have had any trouble with: keeping up with the $$$ needed to raise a snake properly. Skyrocketing heating bills, arrangements with a snake sitter and expensive vet visits can take a burden on the wallet. Not a problem to Bieber who is estimated to be worth over $80 million.
Justin talked with girlfriend Selena Gomez about Johnson at the VMAs in August.