I think our house was quite the zoo as my kids were growing up....we had dogs and cats and cockatiels and parakeets and aquatic turtles and lizards and the most fun of course, were the snakes I think our count topped 40 of those at one single point. We had various corn snakes, rat snakes, gopher snakes, garter snakes, pine snakes, king snakes, Ball Pythons, red tail boas (19 of them born one morning on the 4th of July!), a 13 foot Burmese python, Amazon tree boas (nasty attitude in those little fanged beasts!). a Jampea Islands Dwarf Reticulated Python and about 8 California rattlers, from the Northern Pacific rattlers to the Desert rattlers including the Western Diamondback.
My mom didn't visit much during those times. I often wondered why. In retrospect I have a pretty good idea now!
Truly mom....I wasn't crazy, it was just a very fun phase!