Ophidiophobia: The Fear of Snakes

"The fear of snakes is cultivated. We are not born with it. Children love snakes as naturally as they love dogs and cats. Don’t be afraid of a reptile’s tongue. The only animal that can hurt you with its tongue is the human being." ~ Grace Olive Wiley, herpetologist Anyone who has kept snakes has heard one or all of these responses or variations thereof about their pet/hobby: "I'm terrified of snakes!" "Ugh, I hate snakes!" "Gross, kill it!" "You like snakes? I bet you'd enjoy this story about how I killed one in my yard!" "The only good snake is a dead snake." Notice how quickly it escalates to suggesting our pets should be murdered? Imagine someone saying this in regard to the picture of

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