Britney Spears has been looking for the snake she performed with at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 30-year-old singer has been wondering what happened to the huge albino reptile she draped across her shoulders when she sang 'I'm a Slave 4 U' at the VMAs that year at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Accompanied by a picture of the snake, she put out a request for information to her twitter followers, which read: ''Sometimes I wonder what this snake is up to these days ... Anybody know where it's at? haha (sic)''

After asking about the whereabouts of the showbiz snake Britney got some information about her slithery co-star, including her name.

Writing on the micro-blogging site, she revealed: ''Snake update: I've heard she's alive and well, and that her name is Banana! This makes me smile :) (sic)''

Britney danced while holding the snake for around a minute and her stage show for the awards ceremony was jungle-themed and included backing dancers dressed as wild animals and various caged creatures, including a female lion.

The pop superstar is now a judge on the US version of 'The X Factor' and she is joined on the panel of the talent show by Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell.