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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."
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.
Evidently I was not too far off the mark - fear of reptiles is herpetophobia.
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.
Fear of animals is called zoophobia, of birds ornithophobia, of fish, ichthyophobia, of reptiles herpetophobia (not "fear of herpes"), and of insects entophobia.
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.