08/20/2012 at 03:00 PM EDT
Even Britney Spears
thinks about the one that slithered away.
The singer and new X Factor
judge got to thinking recently about the whereabouts of a certain 7-ft. albino python she performed with
at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001.
"Sometimes I wonder what this snake is up to these days ... Anybody know where it's at? haha" Spears Tweeted
Sunday, reminding fans of her infamous "I'm a Slave 4 U" number at the VMAs over a decade ago.
Within hours the new X Factor
judge received an answer to her burning question.
"Snake update: I've heard she's alive and well, and that her name is Banana!" she Tweeted
. "This makes me smile :)"
Back when, that same snake elicited another reaction. Spears told Entertainment Weekly
at the time that the serpent was so "sticky" and "slimy" that she broke into hives after she touched it the first time.