Famous Reptiles, Celebrity Pets. From Leonardo DiCaprio, to Justin Beiber. You’ll be surprised which famous people prefer the company of cold blood.
Leonardo DiCaprio is probably the most famous reptile keeper. Leo would bring his pet Bearded Dragon on set of Gilbert Grape. He has also kept Chameleons, and bought a 10 year old Sulcata Tortoise when he attended the 2010 NARBC Reptile Expo.
Justin Bieber had a baby Sunglow Boa in 2011 which accompanied him to his MTV debut- he realized he wasn’t the best pet owner so he auctioned the snake, named Johnson, for charity. “I found it really disgusting that celebrities like Bieber would stoop to a level of using living creatures as a fashion accessory and then so easily discard it,” Michael Kronick says. The snake had an estimated value of $1000, but sold for $10,000 to someone who was actually disgusted with Bieber’s decision to buy a snake and then sell it two months later. The winning bidder donated the snake to Rad Zoo, Minnesota. It may be the only chance you get to see Bieber’s Johnson – oh wait….
Bieber went on to shower strippers with $10,000 in $1 bills at one of his parties. This is how the West was won, people.
Zayn Malik, of One Direction, Tweeted this photo of himself and Amie, his yellow Bearded Dragon.
Hayden Panettiere (of Heroes fame) keeps snakes! She has corn snakes and brought this giant boa on this episode of LIVE with Kelly & Michael.
Angelina Jolie used to have a pet snake named Harry Dean Stanton. She also had a pet lizard.
Demi Lovato has been photographed with a snake, but it is unclear whether it’s hers or a friends.
Nicolas Cage is a pretty out-there kind of guy, and this shows in his choice of pet reptile: Albino King Cobras. Nick also has a penchant for collecting Dinosaur Bones (something I’d definitely spend my money on too if I was that wealthy.)
Charlie Sheen has a pet Chinese Water Dragon. Not surprisingly, this unfortunate water dragon died of neglect. “Winning” is not something Charlie Sheen does at keeping reptiles…or much else.
John Quincy Adams (the 6th US President) had a pet American Alligator. This was kept in the White House Bathroom, where Adams’ wife also kept her silkworms. (Teddy Roosevelt has a small zoo kept at the White House as well, though we can’t confirm if any of his pets were cold blooded.) He may be old and dead to be considered for an article Famous Reptiles, Celebrity Pets, but he was one of the first – giving him some serious oldschool street cred.
San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Sammy Kaepernick has a family pet, a huge Sulcata Tortoise.
Magician Penn Gillette was featured on this episode of Tanked. The guys made him a paludarium (half water, half land) with archer fish and various common lizards. His daughter loves reptiles and wanted house geckos, long tailed grass lizards, and anoles. Both the archer fish and the reptiles eat crickets!
Paris Hiltion had a rare, plush miniature Crocodile. It’s whereabouts are unknown at this time and it’s assume she flushed the poor thing down a toilet into the New York City sewer system.
Though many celebrities may not keep reptiles, not many are afraid of them. Nicki Minaj and Rhianna have posed with snakes many times, as have many musicians from Alice Cooper to Britney Spears. Even Jackie Chan loves an opportunity to cuddle with a big lizard!
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