I started off with lizards (anoles) and continued with my lizard facination with loads of other lizards untill i left the hobby for about a year, but now that i'm gettin back into herps, i found that i enjoy keeping snakes rather than lizards, a lot less maintenance and less feedings which gives me more time to do other things. Used to spend a good chunk of my day just feeding the lizards, changing/cleaning water bowls, doing spot cleans...etc. I do agree that lizards are more "pet like" and tend to have more of a personality than snakes, imo, but i just luv keeping snakes now, i never thought i'd say that. My buddies all kept snakes but me and everytime we had a discussion i'd say "why snakes, they just hide all day and they don't even have legs!" lol...yes i'm a hipocrit(sp?) Happy herping!