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  • n. Fear of reptiles, amphibians, and similar animals.


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  • The suspense is brilliantly sustained though some might find the introduction of a deadly snake excessive, piling herpetophobia on claustrophobia.


  • Herpetologists study snakes, so I'd venture a guess that the fear of snakes is "herpetophobia."

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  • The term for fear of snakes is not herpetophobia, but Ophidiophobia, derived from "ophis," which is Greek for snake and is related to Ophion, the primordial snake-god in Pelasgian the ancestors of the Greeks mythology who was the consort of the all-powerful goddess Eurynome.

    Snakes in Primate Vision

  • Evidently I was not too far off the mark - fear of reptiles is herpetophobia.

    Snakes in Primate Vision

  • He even once wrapped a giant snake around his neck and chased Dwyane Wade, not caring that the NBA scoring champion suffers from herpetophobia, a morbid fear of reptiles.

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  • Fear of animals is called zoophobia, of birds ornithophobia, of fish, ichthyophobia, of reptiles herpetophobia (not "fear of herpes"), and of insects entophobia.

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  • During our post-Edenic existence, humankind has acquired not only herpetophobia, but so many other fears that up to this point I have listed fewer than half of our named dreads.

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