I'm a student of many sciences, about as anti-religious as they come. I really got into reptiles because there are so many differences AND similarities among other mammalians. Reptiles and other ectotherms are so very dissimilar from us, but still share so muny physiological characteristics...at once similar and yet so very different. The initial interest in studying something I knew so little about caused me to discover all KINDS of fascinating things about these animals and really grow quite attached to many of them. I can't think of a single pet in my collection that I could readily part with. That in itself intrigues me.