I agree with Rua. Reptiles typically aren't travel-friendly. It's too much strain for them.
About the reception, I love snakes, but I am also well aware that not everyone shares that love. Heck, the worst beating I (almost, if Daddy hadn't caught her) ever avoided was when I dropped a snake rattle in Mama's lap. Just the rattle, mind you.
It's not restricted to work. The pet store where I have my Scottie groomed sells a wide range of animals, and at one time had a breeding pair of red-tail boas, Bonnie and Clyde. I asked to hold one of them, considering buying them (you know, I'd been married for 5 years and never knew DH was afraid of snakes), and was standing there with Clyde wrapped around me, head on top of mine, around my neck, around my middle and finally around my ankle (he was 7' long), when this LOL rounded the corner.
Apparently she'd not had a lot of experience with snakes as apparel, because she screamed bloody murder, and ran to the back of the store. Irony was, about 2 weeks later, I saw her in my hospital, she remembered me, and refused to have "that snake-handling nurse" in her room.
That being said, as long as you can keep him there for a good deal of time (maybe home for the weekends?), and you're not chasing anyone around with him, I don't see the harm. It's not like he's going to bust the glass and attack.
Good luck. Something tells me you'll need it, lol!