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List of Animal Phobias

Updated on November 6, 2015

Animal phobia is a fear caused by the presence or thought of a specific animal that poses little or no danger at all. Phobias about animals are very common, there are a lot of people who have fears even to domesticated animals like dogs and cats, it is even harder for them because there are so many of these animals around.

Some people are even convinced that they will have a panic attack if they ever see a film or see these creatures on TV or just even looking at pictures. Some people who would not even touch a book with pictures of snakes or frogs on it.

Below is a list of the most common animal phobias:

Fear of:

  • Animals - Zoophobia
  • Ants - Myrmecophobia
  • Bats - Chiroptophobia
  • Bees - Apiphobia
  • Birds - Ornithophobia
  • Bulls - Taurophobia
  • Cats - Ailurophobia

  • Chickens - Alektorophobia
  • Cockroaches - Katsaridaphobia
  • Dogs - Cynophobia
  • Fish - Ichthyophobia
  • Frogs - Batrachophobia
  • Horses - Equinophobia
  • Insects - Entomophobia

Fear of :

  • Lice - Pediculophobia
  • Mice- Musophobia / Muriphobia
  • Moths -Mottephobia
  • Otters - Lutraphobia
  • Reptiles - Herpetophobia
  • Sharks - Selacophobia
  • Shellfish - Ostraconophobia
  • Snakes - Ophidiophobia

  • Spiders- Arachnophobia
  • Termites - Isopterophobia
  • Toads - Bufonophobia
  • Wasps - Spheksophobia
  • Wild animals - Agrizoophobia
  • Worms - Helminthophobia

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      layci 20 months ago

      im sooooooooooo afraid of spiders, snakes, and cockroaches

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      omar 4 years ago

      i don't have any phobias at all

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      idkanyms 4 years ago

      I am absolutely petrified by leeches. What is this phobia celled?

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      Sofia 5 years ago

      I'm absolutely terrified of ocean animals. Even if I see them in my head I get extremely scared and start shaking. And it's not just fish, it's all water creatures... Does anyone know the name for this? I know it's not thalassophobia because I don't mind the ocean itself, i'ts just the living things there...

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      NOVA 5 years ago


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      Richard 5 years ago

      I have a fear of only Whales and Sharks but not of fish or sealions, seals or walruses or squid or octopuses or turtles etc. Is there any logic to this? Are they perhaps scientifically in a separate group when classifying animals?

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      Crazygirlhearts 5 years ago

      I'm terrified of sharks and I never knew there was an actual name for it, my twin sister has a phobia of maggots.. do you know the name? x

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      Hannah 5 years ago

      What do you call the fear of Orcas?

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      liv100 5 years ago

      me and my sis r very afraid of spiders. im also afraid of cats, heights, bees, snakes, and lizards

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      Kacey 5 years ago

      I'm scared of pigs and my sis is scared of spiders.

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      Sam 5 years ago

      i'm afraid of horses, snakes, and birds (and clowns and people touching my neck even though the second one doesn't have a name all the others do)

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      alex 5 years ago

      I'm afraid of spiders, the tiny stingy animals so disgusting it seems like i m gonna eaten by them so i have arachnophobia!!!!!!!!!

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      NicoleMarie♥ 5 years ago

      I'm TERRIFIED of frogs! Like literally if my boyfriend comes near me with a frog, I scream & cry, and almost pass out. It's horrible. :/

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      LizySledgeHammer 5 years ago from RI...erm, I mean, the coldest reaches of spaaaaace!

      I'm afraid of Octopus. I still don't know what it's called X_X

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      Camille Harris 5 years ago from SF Bay Area

      Learning about phobias and anxiety disorders in class now. You hit it on the head ("Animal phobia is a fear caused by the presence or thought of a specific animal that poses little or no danger at all. "): animal phobias - which are a subset of specific phobias - are "a marked or persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation."

      About 90-95% of people with animal phobias are female. There are A LOT of theories as to why, but the sociocultural theory suggests that women (who are the most frequent sufferers of ALL anxiety disorders - except OCD, which is almost equally prevalent among the sexes) are conditioned to be afraid of their environment, while boys are encouraged to explore and "be boys."

      I don't have any animal phobias, but I am kind of afraid of heights. I'm conquering this by doing indoor rock climbing! Exposure therapy is one of the most - if not the most - effective treatment for specific phobias.

      Anyway, great Hub and thanks for checking me out!!!!!

    • profile image 6 years ago

      i am petrified of chickens ! they are the most ugliest looking things in the world they make me cringe talking about them. when i hear a chicken noise i cry its crazzzy :| ewwww chickens :|:|:|

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      Rob 6 years ago

      I have a fear that I am being watched by a duck!

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      abbie 7 years ago

      im scared of goats and i dont know what its called

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      Cody 7 years ago

      Some of you do not have phobias. Phobias means you are scared of them. You are not afraid of worms if you do not touch their pictures or look at them or imagine things moving. Its just the vey thought of worms disgusts you.

      @Rosanna Seems like your dog has some trust issues with you. Try not to approach her. Find a way to get her to approach you. And when did you get her? Was she from a puppy mill? Was she neglected and taken away? These could be causes of her behavior. I would suggest taking her to your vet to know more. And if you want to touch her, make sure she knows you are doing it.

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      angelou 7 years ago

      I'm afraid of lizarda and frogs

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      Rossanna 7 years ago

      It really isn't me that is afraid of animals. My dog is extremely afraid of getting kicked even though we would never hurt her. I really don't know what to do...if i could just get a little help!

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      Alex 7 years ago

      I am scared to death of sea creatures - things like eels, sharks, whales, sting rays especially, octopus, and squid. They scare me to death. Just thinking about them is enough to make me feel sick. I'm not sure why I dislike them so much, maybe because they all look terrifying? I don't know. But I hate them.

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      Jessica 7 years ago

      I'm absolutely terrified of Moth's. It's hard to leave my house at night because I don't know if they are going to be moth's anywhere I go.

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      Coyote Jo 7 years ago

      I have a fear of horses and Ocean animals (except for killer whale).

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      gabby 7 years ago

      i have a horrible fear of deer heads and stuffed animals. no not the stuffed animals little kids play with, the ones that people kill. idk why tho /":

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      Vivie 7 years ago

      I have a huge fear of live turkeys, but I can't find a name for it. Anyone know?

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      jazzii 7 years ago

      im afraid of CLOWNS!

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      laura 7 years ago

      im terrifed of birds lol im on youtube for it

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      mina 8 years ago

      i'm very very afraid of worms.i'd scream if somebody said the word!i would not let my skin touch any area which a worm has been to.i would stay in a room if i saw a worm for fear of it coming into contact with my skin.i would stare at objects which look like worms to make sure it isn't and even if it isn't i would think that it was moving.even if it wasn't.i can't look at vdeo's showing worms or pics of 'em.

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      trooper22 8 years ago from Chicago

      I do not fear what I am. We as humans are far more barbaric than any animal.

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      R Burow 8 years ago from Florida, United States

      What is it about snakes ? Is it the way they move or is it the fact that some are poisonous. I have done my best not to pass down my fear to my children. I promise you, I did not let on that I was afraid. I never allowed a snake to keep me from doing what I had to do in the yard etc. Still, I have a daughter who is much more afraid of snakes than I. To see a snake almost cripples her. Maybe it is hereditary ?

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am fearful of snakes to the point that I have a recurring dream of killing them.

      Today I met a woman in church who had a phobia of lizzard. I discovered it as I turned to shake her hand and she frooze. She later explained that she was afraid of lizzards. I was wearing a gold and diamond lizzard brooch. Maybe I should have aploggized, but I was taken aback by that...

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I knew a librarian who was so afraid of snakes she could not walk down the aisle that held books about snakes - wow! So what you mentioned is so very true.

      This was fun to read. Thanks!

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I'm afraid of spiders. *shiver!* Hehe.  But I think Teacher Michelle (Ripplemaker) has a lot of these phobias! Hehe! :D