This is the product of me living vicariously through fictional characters and wondering about the strangest little show tidbits in the middle of the night.
So like, Dan? He can do that snake tongue thingy in that one memorable part in the Ultimate Enemy, but for the life of me I can’t remember if the snake tongue is a Vlad thing or something that is wholly Dan’s. Granted, I haven’t seen the show in years and honestly that particular bit wasn’t an important scene in the long run (purely shock factor to showcase how scary/monstrous Dan is), but if the fangs are Vlad’s, can the snake tongue be Danny’s? (NEWS FLASH: MY MEMORY IS SHITE)
Basically, an au where Danny somehow becomes a snake owner and learns some small-scale shapeshifting so that he can do that snake tongue thing just to play around with his snake. Snake is so confused by the warm log that is sometimes not so warm and strangely snake-ish.
And because I’ve spent too much time drawing those darn snakes, those are both Ball Pythons. Danny has an Axanthic Super Pastel and Dan has a Black Eyed Leucistic.
(Btw, in this au, Vlad is totes scared of snakes. Danny teases him with the tongue thing to freak him out, but he also gets invested in getting post-redemption Vlad over his fear and embrace the wonder and beauty of scale children. Alas, Vlad would, at best, only get to the point of toleration (he’s a cat person at heart).)