| I am NOT a MONKEY!
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|“||Petunia, what have I told you about this? She thinks I'm a tree, you know.||”|
|“||Oh, Petunia. I'm going to miss you. You're such a good girl, aren't you? Such a pretty girl. You are. Yes, you are. Oh, yes, you are.||”|
When Count Olaf arrives in disguise as Stephano, Klaus Baudelaire fetches Petunia from her enclosure, and Violet Baudelaire plans to write a warning on her in ink. This works, as Petunia quickly slithers to Monty and wraps herself around his arm in a way that he can read "IMPOSTER" written on her scales. He then tests Stephano by asking him to milk Petunia, and Stephano blubbers and holds her out on a metal tool instead of touching her before passing her back to Monty and retreating, proving his ineptitude. She is still wrapped around Monty's hand as he talks to Violet and Klaus.
Planning to leave for Peru, Monty bids farewell to Petunia, saying he'll miss her and talking to her very sweetly, as if she is an infant or a dog. Unfortunately, he misses Stephano coming up behind him and is murdered.
- Petunia was named after the snake who portrayed her, who was trained and handled by Jules Sylvester.