I grew up catching snakes and frogs. It was kind of natural for me, so now I keep herps..I study them and talk about them constantly.
I guess it all started when my family and I (and all of our friends) went on a canoe trip, and a snake fell into our canoe from a tree, right next to me. I was amazed by how it moved and flicked it's tongue..so I started looking around my house and in fields around my neighborhood for snakes. I caught all kinds of garters, glass snakes (lizards?), black racers, corns, rat snakes, etc. And I loved summer because it rained every day and the field across the street would flood and get tad poles. I've always loved this stuff