Remember the time when Justin Bieber gave Ellen DeGeneres some strands of his hair to auction off for charity? Well, this is stranger than that. 


The 17-year-old unstoppable global sensation is auctioning off his baby pet boa constrictor named Johnson, the same one he brought with him to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, as a way to garner funds for Pencils of Promise.


It's rather an odd gesture, auctioning off an exotic animal like this, and it's surprising considering Bieber's affection for animals and support for groups like PETA. In fact, don't be surprised if the animal rights group condemns the move. 


According to charitybuzz, the winner will be screened before receiving the snake to make sure that they "have the money, space, knowledge, time, resources and enthusiasm required to properly care for the species you intend to keep, for the duration of it's life." Indeed, this is a long-term purchase — the average age of a boa, which can grow to be more than four feet, is over 20 years.  


Sadly, the boa is one of the more abandoned snakes due to its large size and habitat requirements. My biggest worry is that some Bieber fan will say whatever just to get their hands on something associated with him; but end up losing interest in "Johnson" once the craze has passed.


Right now, bidding for the snake stands at $1,750 and will close on November 29th. I really hope common sense prevails before then and Bieber pulls the auction. If the guy really needs to find a good home for his pet, there are any number of qualified animal sanctuaries that would likely love to help him out. Johnson does not need to be another trophy for some enthusiastic fan.


My advice: Give the snake a life you know will be a good one.


Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Justin Bieber auctions pet snake for charity
Pop singer's baby boa constrictor offered to the highest bidder to raise money for Pencils of Promise.