Dwight Howard smiles while thinking about his pet snakes.
Dwight Howard smiles while thinking about his pet snakes. (USATSI)

Dwight Howard loves to have fun. 

Possessing one of the best smiles in the NBA, Howard can often be seen joking and grinning with his teammates during games. But Howard's penchant for amusement also carries over to his life off the court. 

However, Howard doesn't deal in your normal run-of-the-mill fun. His type of fun is a bit more extreme.

We're talking about a Texas-sized amount of fun.

From Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling:

Then there are Howard’s more exuberant activities, like riding around his neighborhood with his friends in his Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled bikes. He also likes going to the gun range—”It’s what you do in Texas,” he says—and he has about 10 different kinds in his collection encompassing more than 50 total, including shotguns, semiautomatics and handguns, such as one of his favorites, a gold-looking Desert Eagle pistol. He also collects, just for show, miniguns and bazookas.

Think Howard entertaining himself with 50 different guns is extreme? Well, he also has 20 pet snakes.

But there's no better way to describe Howard's eccentricity and connection to Texas than through his pet snakes at home. All 20 of them. 

Before you criticize Howard for his potentially dangerous hobbies, remember one thing, this is Dwight Howard's life homie, you decide yours.