I get a mix of reactions when I list my pets to people, but I usually start off stating that I'm very aware of how many animals I have and that it is more than normal.
The most common reaction is something between awe and disgust because I have:
and a few Fish.
Also about 5 foster animals of any sort at any given time.
I have a pretty good routine down pat when it comes to taking care of them, and in fact having them keeps me more active and organized than when I'm without them.
I like having them, I work with them, and I study them, so they're just part of my life, and even when people don't quite get it/dislike it, I don't mind.
So long as they're well looked after, and I can support them and myself, people shouldn't judge me. I certainly don't care that much about other peoples lifestyles.