I am not a herp person myself, I have only started to check out this forum at the request of my herp-loving bf. When we first started dating, I was VERY uncomfortable with all of his snakes (particularly the venomous). Over time, I have grown to care about them like my own pets.
Most of this is due to the fact that my bf has made an effort to educate me about all of his pets. He routinely brings me books and sends me links about his animals (I really like the field guides and care manuals-- anything with pictures...) Also, the more that I help out with his animals (feeding, cage cleaning, etc.) the more I care about them. All in all, it has not been a quick process, but I have grown to care about the animals and hope to continue learning about them... oh, and I am thinking about getting a lizard myself...