Back when I was around 8-15 my brother and I would go around picking up all the rocks, logs, anything that might have something under it. We would often find ring neck snakes, chicken snakes, copper heads, and rarely a rattle snake once in a while lol. We would have watched Steve Irwin and go catching the critters we could find. We often ran rat snakes off the roads so they wouldn’t be run over, caught fence lizards and put them where there were more bugs, and sometimes keep some lizards for a few days to learn about them. Once my brother out grew his passion for catching them I wouldn’t go alone so there were a few years that we never messed with them.
Last year there was a MASSIVE rattle snake on one of the back roads near our house. We stopped for it and I dove out and picked up a long stick from the ditch. I gently poked it to turn around (to go into the woods and not a person’s yard) and eased it off the road. It rattled just a little bit when on the road but it never hissed or got huffy. Once it got off in the leaves it took off and I was hooked!
Took some convincing to let my parents let me get one ball python, then my dad decided that I could have 2 since they were small babies. A month later a coworker told about how they couldn’t get their ball python to eat and would give it to anyone who could get it to eat. Never refused in my care once I put it in a tub. Then I got another. Then I went and got a rack system and “forgot” to mention that it came with snakes lol. So went from 4 to 10, my dad wasn’t mad but he was impressed that I already knew what they were and how to care for them and what they were worth. Then I got my boa, so that’s 11. Sold all but one that I got from the rack deal and made my money back (basically I got a snake and rack system for free). Then Repticon came around and I got 3 during the event, 1 a week later, made friends with the breeder and got 3 more 2 weeks after the first. Got 1 hoggie just a week ago for future breeder.
So that’s how I went from a dream, to 16 snakes lol.