Do you suffer from ophidiophobia? That’s the fear of snakes. How about arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders? Being scared of a particular animal, especially snakes and spiders, is not uncommon. I’m definitely an ophidiophobe. Even non-venomous snakes creep me out.
Even animals that most of us might don’t consider to be scary can give some people the heebie-jeebies. I knew a woman who was deathly afraid of chimpanzees because they were too much like humans. She didn’t have a problem with actual humans, just animals that were almost human.
Then there are people who are afraid of common household pets, like dogs and cats. I suppose that’s understandable if you’ve had a bad experience, like a dog bite. But phobias related to large wild animals, such as sharks and lions, make a lot more sense.
So which animals scare you the most? For comedian Kevin Hart, the answer is all of them. Watch as he struggles to get through a fifteen-minute segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Robert Irwin, 14-year-old son of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Robert brought more than spiders and snakes onto the NBC set: