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Ten Things You Didn't Know About Snuffleupagus

GH has been an online writer for over six years. Her work often focuses on heavy metal music and heavy metal history, among other things.

Scale model of Snuffleupagus's bone structure.

Scale model of Snuffleupagus's bone structure.

Hi kids! My name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus, but you can call me Snuffy!

Hi kids! My name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus, but you can call me Snuffy!

Who Doesn't Love Snuffleupagus?

Of all of the popular kid's shows throughout the years, almost none are as loved as Sesame Street. The show premiered in 1969 and still has a major presence on television. Now, in its 43rd season (that's 4300 episodes!), the program shows no signs of slowing down. Though some changes have been made, namely that Cookie Monster now eats responsibly, many things have stayed the same. The show still tries to entertain kids and teach them valuable lessons at the same time.

Sesame Street has spawned some serious merchandising over the years, including everything from lunch boxes and plush toys to DVD boxed sets and Halloween costumes - and that infernal Tickle Me Elmo doll.

Some of the breakout stars of the show have been Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and, of course, Elmo. My personal favorite, though, hasn't received as much attention. In order to spread the love and get Snuffy some much-deserved popularity, here are ten things you never knew about Snuffleupagus!

The Snuffle Shuffle!

Snuffy and Bird - BFF's forever!

Snuffy and Bird - BFF's forever!

Snuffleupagus Rules!

  1. Though he is usually called Mr. Snuffleupagus or simply Snuffy, his real name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus.
  2. He was originally modeled after a woolly mammoth but without the tusks.
  3. For a good bit of his time on Sesame Street, only Big Bird could see him. Then he started showing himself to the other characters on the show, mainly the kids, until finally allowing the adults to see him seventeen years in!
  4. Episode 2895, officially titled Snuffy's Parents Get Divorced, was never aired because producers believed that the Sesame Street demographic was not old enough to understand the concept of divorce. Although other tough topics (like death) had been touched on in the series, the powers that be decided that this subject was just not age-appropriate.
  5. Snuffy has had four different performers, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Michael Earl, and Marty Robinson. His costume is very heavy and takes two people to operate, just like a horse costume. One guy works the front of the suit and another operates the back.
  6. Snuffy will always be four years old although his official birthday is August 19th, which makes him a Leo!
  7. He lives in a cave just off of Sesame Street with his family which includes his little sister Alice and a cousin named Señor Snuffalupago. Their last name is Snuffleupagus which is also their species.
  8. In episode 1090, which aired in 1978, Snuffy and family got to go on a trip to Hawaii, which was his first time outside the "lower 48."
  9. Snuffy's favorite foods are cabbage and spaghetti and he loves sassafras tea.
  10. His shoe size is 65GGG (he wears four shoes!) and he weighed 572 pounds and 5 ounces at birth! That's one big baby!
Snuffy's mom and dad and his little sister Alice. This is a screen cap of the episode "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce."

Snuffy's mom and dad and his little sister Alice. This is a screen cap of the episode "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce."


Lorna on December 31, 2017:

Oh bird...

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on December 30, 2012:

I love Snuffy! He was so sweet and gentle. Sesame Street was an essential part of growing up. Thanks for bringing back great memories!

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on September 24, 2012:

I miss Mr hooper and David

Debby Bruck on August 24, 2012:

Super Georgie ~ Things we didn't know about our favorite bird. Blessings, Debby

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on August 24, 2012:


Some of these facts I knew, because I remember when only Big Bird could see him too! I trolled the internet for the rest. I wish today's kids were more into Snuffy and less into iCarly. Seriously!

Thanks for the comment! :)

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on August 24, 2012:

Georgie, was browsing your hubs, you have some awesome topics! I'm going to date myself here, but I remember when only Big Bird could see him. Don't know where you got all this info from but was a fun read, Thanks!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on August 18, 2012:

Oh, now I remember him. I had a neighbor that acted just like him!

Ka'imi'loa from Tucson, AZ. on August 18, 2012:

Ms. Georgie, Mr. Hooper was the store clerk that was as moody as Oscar. I believe he died in the early eighties

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on August 18, 2012:


I think you're right, excepting maybe SpongeBob!


I love Snuffy's raspy voice! And I hate that Cookie has to eat veggies now. :(

I do not remember Mr. Hooper! I'll have to investigate!

Ka'imi'loa from Tucson, AZ. on August 18, 2012:

He was a cool cat, a little to cool.

"Heeeeeeeeey Beeeeeeeeert"!

However, from the list you had compiled, #3 was due to the fact the Childrens Network Workshop, (i think that's what it was called?)

Were asked to change it to where he could be seen so as not to encourage future viewers into believing having an "imagineary" friend was okay, for the same reason, Oscar "toned" down his attitude, Bert & Ernie, no longer "sleep" together or bathe, and the infamous cookie gobbling monster, now, broccoli. As for favorite characters, mine hands down was: Super-Grover.

Remember Mr. Hooper, and his grouchy old a**.

T4an from Toronto, Ontario on July 18, 2012:

Awe, he was/is such a sweet character. I would say it is the best television show for children that has ever aired.

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on July 16, 2012:

Awesome! I'll try not to bite my nails in suspense! :D

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 16, 2012:

Nope....just tune in Wednesday and you'll's all good and you know why? because I like you my young friend!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on July 16, 2012:

Uh oh, billybuc!

You aren't going to talk about my green face mask incident, are you? ;)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 16, 2012:

Sorry hon! I'm late to the party on this hub. Not ignoring you at all; just got lost for a little while around Hubville!

Great hub; fun hub; interesting hub! That's a trifecta!

You might want to tune into my hub on Wednesday; there is a very real chance you will be mentioned.

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on July 16, 2012:

Thanks everybody. I'm so glad to know that there are still so many people out there who love Snuffy! You are all awesome! :D

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 16, 2012:

I have always loved Snuffy! Thank you for doing a wonderful job of highlighting a happy memory of childhood! :) VUMS! :)

nikkiraeink from So. Cal. on July 15, 2012:

Cool! I love Snuffy!

cactusbythesea from Seattle on July 15, 2012:

Wow, I completely forgot he was invisible for so long. Snuffy is such a great character. Cool hub, thanks for sharing!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on July 15, 2012:

Snuffy was always and still is dear to my heart. We have a friend who's nickname is Snuffleupagus. We mean it endearingly!

Thanks for the journey back to one of my favorite childhood streets!

mikeandrustys on July 15, 2012:

Thanks for this! Sesame Street is a show I must satisfy my inner child with and watch. It's not as good as back in the 80's or 90's though, but it's still pretty cool. Remember Ghostwriter? Aw now that brings me back!

cryptid from USA on July 15, 2012:

Much of Sesame Street is a blur to me, though I know I watched it every day. I remember thinking Snuffy was a little freaky though, especially since nobody could see him.

CJ Baker from Parts Unknown on July 15, 2012:

Very informative hub! It has been ages since I watched Sesame Street, so this was a nostalgic walk down memory lane. There was definitely a lot that I didn't know about Snuffy. Thanks for sharing.

Nira Perkins on July 15, 2012:

This brings back memories. He was one of my favorite characters from that show, I love him. This is neat info for sure and I had no idea that he has a first name or loves sassafras tea. That's cute.

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on July 15, 2012:


I love Snuffy and I'm glad to know he has a fan club! I bet you're right about the blues!

Thanks for the comment!

Sam Islam from Vancouver, WA on July 15, 2012:

I always liked him because of his eyes--they're incredibly soulful! I bet he sings the blues in his free time. Great hub! Thanks for taking me back to my childhood haha.