No seriously, its a snake:

Pierre Rizk, from Lebanon, and his Sri Lankan wife Sapna have no children, but share their small flat with an exotic mix of serpents that hail from as far afield as India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Arizona.

In a dubious honour, they have dubbed one of their pets "Condoleezza", in a tribute to Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state.

Honor? You’ve named a snake after her.

"She has so much intelligence, responsibility, and energy – just like the energy of snakes," he added.

Dude, you called her a snake. What if you turn to your girlfriend or wife and tell her, "honey, you are intelligent, responsible and energetic like a dog"? All I can say is that you’re going to need to sleep with one eye open for the forseeable future.

 Pierre Rizk and his wife Sapa watch television with two of their Indian Python snakes in their flat in Dekwaneh, east of Beirut  Photo: AFP/GETTY