Don't shout me for this picture. I took this when my daughter was about 14 months old.(with my most trusted snake)
I did use a baby ball python and this IJ as her first touch/holdings. Growing up on a small animal farm my daughter has been around critters since day one. She just turned 2 last week and my biggest problem with her and animals is NO FEAR of anything. We start are days cutting fruits and veggies for the torts and us. She handles mice much better than me, and at a year old she "tailed" her first one(when my back was turned). Loves the hedgehogs, and how they prickle up.
Like most have said it is all depends on your place in the cosmos.