KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As the Lady Vols prepare to open play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday, we learned one player is very fond of snakes.
He's not exactly your typical cuddle buddy, but he is soft and clingy, and he's the apple of Andraya Carter's eye.
"I really talk about him like he's my child. I talk about him like he's my son," said Carter.
At one-year-old, Nothing is Carter's everything.
"Nothing is a very good boy. He is very playful, very active. He's always moving. He's just a good boy," said Carter.
But Carter's affinity for snakes doesn't stop with her little Nothing. There's also Soco, Nothing's godmother.
"Ever since I was little, I've had a fascination with snakes. They've always interested me. I've always been fascinated by them, and when I got here, I got one of my own."
Soco belongs to a friend, but spends plenty of time just hanging out. While some of the Lady Vols are completely comfortable, others are a little more hesitant. Everyone knows, though, that Nothing is family.
"My mom, sometimes she comes to Knoxville, I think, just to see him. Honestly at this point, I think she has more pictures of him than me," said Carter.
Once you're a part of the Lady Vol family, you're a Vol for life.
"Honestly, everyone is really open towards him because I think they know he means everything to me," said Carter.