As a kid I caught (and sometimes kept) garter snakes, frogs, salamanders and toads constantly. We lived on a farm hours away from the city - my exposure to other reptiles/amphibians was nil. As a teenager I had no interest in them. In a first year English course we read Edward Hoagland's essay, "The Courage of Turtles". I became somewhat obsessed. 10 years later, my husband brought home an 18 year old red slider as a surprise. She hated to be in her tank and would only eat canned salmon - but we adored her. After finding out about the possible $50,000 fine for having her - we returned her to her previous owner.
But, she hooked me! We only have lizards and torts ... but Jeff's GTP's are making me wonder....