My first herp was actually 7 herps. Whan I was about 13, my long time buddy and I were camping and found this great place where Red Sided Garter Snakes seemed to like passing through. We caught as many as we could and brought them home. We kept them over the winter and couldn't figure out why they wouldn't eat... duh. We released them in the spring.
The first herp I ever bought was a Newt.