I was about 8 and my aunt had a pet turtle. From the moment I saw it I had to have one. A few years later I got talking to a young employee at a local pet shop who was explaining MBD to me. He went on to open the only reptile zoo this side of TO. Two years ago I reabilited 4 of his zoo's beardeed dragons that had MBD. My how times change and people grow.
I got my first turtle when I was 11 or 13 and since that time I have only spent one year with out a pet reptile of some kind. After that year, 2000, I got my first corn snake November 1st 2001 and the rest is history.