No, having a pet snake is about having awareness and mindfulness.
The mindfulness to not put them around your neck and the awareness that a startled animal can react in ways you don’t expect, up to and including contracting their bodies to hang on.
The awareness that a defensive or startled or hungry animal can and will bite, and the mindfulness to not put yourself in that position.
The awareness that they are not domesticated, nor sapient, and thus, as the sapient member of the household, it’s up to you to keep them safe by keeping them away from other pets - and the mindfulness to know where they are and where other animals are when they’re being handled to prevent interaction that could be harmful.
Snakes lack the capacity for love. I adore my snakes, I’ve wept over sick or injured animals before, I’ve lost sleep over them, but they literally lack the neural structures necessary for so-called “higher” emotions. They are not social.
The best way to love and respect any animal is to be aware of what it needs and how you and your interaction will affect it at any given time, and by always putting the animal’s needs and well-being ahead of what the human wants and needs (it is a captive; the keeper is a free being; don’t punch down).
This is far more difficult and painful for humans to accomplish than anthropomorphism, by the way.
P.S. I don’t mean to be harsh, and I apologize if this is. The reason I made this post is because I feel very strongly about the appropriate mindset towards captive wild animals to minimize stress on both the keeper and kept’s side. I don’t care if people baby-talk their snakes (I do); I don’t care if they love them or put hats on them or decorate their cage exteriors with hearts and rainbows; I do care about inappropriate handling being suggested as safe because of a non-existent social bond. Ball pythons are a docile and, typically, non-defensive snake that prefers hiding or escape to defensive displays - this is why we can usually handle them with impunity, but we still need to remember that they aren’t stuffed animals.