I love most animals simply because I think they're beautiful and fascinating-- including, but not limited to, snakes.
When I was younger I had an aunt who kept all kinds of unusual pets-- lizards, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, hamsters, etc. I just always thought it was cool-- particularly the snakes, I though they were fun to hold.
I like dogs, cats and birds, too... I just like animals. Never really saw it as a religious thing.