People who "love" reptiles seem a little screwy to begin with. Glad I spay/neuter my pets.
I get what you're trying to say, and I agree. Geckos, fine. Burmese pythons? That's a different story.
Honestly, I don't think anyone who owns a 10+ foot snake actually "loves" it. They're wild animals. They do not belong in a glass tank in someone's house. That, to me, is no different than keeping an exotic cat caged in your backyard. People who have them are merely infatuated with the idea of keeping a dangerous animal as a "pet". Besides that, I don't believe the animals can have any quality of life in captivity unless you have the resources to give them a habitat
, not a cage. And most people don't. The snakes spend their entire lives staring at four glass walls and waiting for their next meal to be dangled in front of their faces.
There's nothing natural about it when you take an exotic animal into your house.
Rant #2: Cats are not rats. Cats have been valued as companions worldwide for 4,000 years. I've been around reptiles and rodents. They don't connect with you like cats and dogs. They don't care who feeds them. Snakes will chomp down on their owner as soon as a frozen rat. They do not "bond" with you. Sure, I enjoyed my hamsters, but I could have given them to someone else and it wouldn't have made a bit of difference to them.
On the other hand, I know of a dog whose owner left it with a friend while he went off to the military. The dog was so distraught that he refused to eat until he died. I might change my opinions on the matter if anyone's ever known a rat or a snake to show that kind of devotion.
Sorry for the major tangent, but that's how I feel.