Betty White's 91st Birthday Gift: A Boa Constrictor

01/17/2013 at 10:45 AM EST

Betty White Gifted Snake from Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for Birthday
Betty White and Jacob
Stephen Terrell/Lifeline Project
Betty White received a very special – albeit very slimy – gift for her 91st birthday.

To mark her Thursday milestone, the Lifeline Program – a company dedicated to life-settlement specialists for which she is a spokesperson – adopted a red-tailed boa from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in her name.

For White, a longtime supporter and ambassador to the zoo, the snake was a familiar face.

She first met Jacob on the set of "I'm Still Hot," her 2011 viral music video with singer Luciana that benefited the Los Angeles Zoo.

"Jacob the boa constrictor is good as gold and cuddles in my arms," she says in a statement, "and around my neck." (Look out, Pontiac!)

Slimy presents aside, White has a simple wish for her birthday this year. She's asking fans to donate to the Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit committed to animal health science. Her goal: to raise $10,000.

"Animals are near and dear to my heart, and I've devoted my life to trying to improve their lives," she writes in a blog for the Huffington Post. "Since a girl like me already has more than I could hope for, I'm asking fellow animal lovers for a special birthday gift this year."

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