Wow cool stories guys!! hahhaha..enjoyed reading them.
As for me, i got into it since young as well. my granma is from malaysia and her family used to have a durian plantation. used to play in there for the longest time catching weird stuff like vine snakes (didn't know they were mildly poisonous then) and some time baby retics...we used to see adult retics as well but grandma always warned us abt. that guy and to stay away. we once caught an adult rectic at night in the chicken coop trying to eat the chickens....and he got eaten by us instead...don't mean to be cruel but is just something to do with medicinal values of snakes in chinese culture...i guess childhood really does affect adult life huh?? guess that's probably why i am becoming a real scientific herpetologist now. hahaha