I got into my love of reptiles when I was about 2 years old. I caught a little lizard and it's tail fell off so I put a band-aid on the tail
. Then I brought it to one of my older brother's ball games, lol.
I found my love for snakes when I was about 7 or 8... I went with my grandma on a trip to Grandburry, Texas and my great aunt had snakes in her yard... cute little earth snakes!
I started out keeping them with an iguana at age 5. I got it from a reptile store (which I wish hadn't closed down because it was so close to our house), but they told me to feed it greenleaf lettuce. Which is better than iceberg, but still doesn't contain the nutrients they need that they can get from Greens and most other veggies. I started out keeping it in a 10 gallon, then a 20, then they gave me a really cool 6' tall cage for about $50. Pretty crazy stuff... from cage to cage. Sadly it died because of bad husbandary