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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
There ARE creatures who attack unprovoked, though, sharks, stingray, and Humbolt squid come immediately to mind.
I swam with the sting rays in Grand Caymen (along with hundreds of others).
http://www.grandcaymancruiseexcursio..._Catamaran.htm
They were really neat creatures, it breaks my heart that a freak accident happened by a stingray to such a big supporter of wildlife It was just horrible
post #32 of 44
i still say kids... little buggers scare me.
and once they get older they try to break into your computer, and surf porn on it, oh sorry nevermind, that was my problem
post #33 of 44
I think it's because people have vivid imaginations- and the media giving certain animals an unfair bad rap doesn't help.

I love just about all animals and can definitely respect them and why they are important to this world. The only animals that I am not fond of are spiders- more specific brown recluse- i have been bit three different times from them and have the scars to live with for the rest of my life. There is not much worse than a brown recluse bite. So i definitely have a healthy fear of that animal and do not want anything to do with it. That being said- i understand not all spiders are bad- they help pollinate, they kill off other insects that spread disease, and they are imporant to our world (whether we like them or not.) and yes, there are some very beautiful ones. I however prefer not to handle or be around spiders.

Rats, mice, lizards, snakes- they don't bother me as i've had all of those species at one time or another They are beautiful, animals and should be respected as such.

And while we're on the topic- Pit bulls can be some of the most loving, wonderful dogs around too.
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by moonlights mom View Post
Spiders can kill people with their bites. :
It is VERY rare for a spider bite to kill someone in the US. You are more spiders would rather run/hide than attack, they are not aggressive.
http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/hgic2505.htm
One of the few spiders in the US that do have some potential to harm humans are not located nationwide thankfully. I have seen many of them during my lifetime yet have not received a bite. There are thousands upon thousands in the US, yet rarely does anyone get harmed by them.
A friend of mine has and had to go to the hospital for treatment for the skin, never once was her life in danger though. Here is the range.
http://spiders.ucr.edu/images/colorloxmap.gif

But if you have a phobia, you do. There may not even have to be good reason, other than you don't "like" it I am scared of needles, there is no rational reason, but they scare me to death.
post #35 of 44
I read once that people find insects (particularly spiders) to be so frightening because they're so different looking from humans (those whole 8-legs and everything) and that we're naturally afraid of things that are different from us. I kind of doubt the overall truth in that, but it's interesting anyway.

As for myself, I have no rational reason for being terrified of spiders, I just AM and cannot help it.
post #36 of 44
I think there are a couple logical reasons while people are afraid of these things. There is some documentation stating that it's a natural, built-into-our-genes thing (but do you think I can find that article?).

The other part of it is the nurture explaination. Most people were raised through their parents, the media, etc TO be afraid of these things. And it's hard as an adult to untrain years of ingrained learning.

Again, I'll state, if I know they're there, I'm cool with them. I will freak out if a spider lands on my arm with no warning, a snake slithers in the grass right in front of me, or a mouse runs over my feet. And I think those reactions are natural
post #37 of 44
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The other part of it is the nurture explaination. Most people were raised through their parents, the media, etc TO be afraid of these things. And it's hard as an adult to untrain years of ingrained learning.
Guess my mom's training didn't work so well, she hates those things and tried to make me the same so I wouldn't keep things like that as pets in the home None of her children (now we are all adults) are bothered or ever were bothered by those things though.
post #38 of 44
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...The other part of it is the nurture explaination. Most people were raised through their parents, the media, etc TO be afraid of these things. And it's hard as an adult to untrain years of ingrained learning....
This explains why our daughter wants a pet rat, a pet mouse, and a pet snake right now, and why she plays with bees, wasps, and spiders.
post #39 of 44
I like all animals. They all have a place in this big ol' web of life whether we understand that place or not.

Bats, rats, mice, snakes, spiders and so forth are just as amazing as humans are.
Animals as a whole just seem much more honest and simple than people.

The only critters I have issues with are maggots, ticks and bedbugs. I don't want those hanging around me I don't freak out if I see them, but I don't welcome them, either.

When I was young and living in a small town in Iowa, we had big sewer rats around the neighborhood. They were the size of Chihuahuas. I remember my mother setting out beer to kill them - the theory being that rats cannot burp to expel gas so they would die. Not sure if that is true or not. It did seem cruel to me. I was never afraid of them but I may have been too young to know better?

Nowadays, I live in a place with no sewer rats, no ticks, no bedbugs and I truly hope, no maggots
post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
When I was young and living in a small town in Iowa, we had big sewer rats around the neighborhood. They were the size of Chihuahuas. I remember my mother setting out beer to kill them - the theory being that rats cannot burp to expel gas so they would die. Not sure if that is true or not. It did seem cruel to me. I was never afraid of them but I may have been too young to know better?

Nowadays, I live in a place with no sewer rats, no ticks, no bedbugs and I truly hope, no maggots
Several months ago I read an article about a large rat, possibly a sewer rat, that had got into a baby's crib and bit it. I can't remember if the child was just badly hurt or worse. IIRC the story was from Kansas.
I also remember my grandmother telling me about when she was a young child, how a large dump rat bit her while she was sleeping. Definately not something you want in your home.

I think some phobias, be it insects like maggots or bedbugs, or even needles has to do with a natural aversion to 'dirty' things. First defense in keeping ourselves from getting ill.
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by moonlights mom View Post
Yep, I'm only scared of spiders and snakes. I think reptiles can be really pretty, but not snakes. Spiders can kill people with their bites. And yuck! Whenever I see one, I'm running all over the place screaming!!! And snakes.... after watching Snakes On A Plane I'm terrified!

Rats are so cute but my mom hates them.
Actually... that movie was quite funny to me... becuase on the non-computer animated snakes in the close ups, of the real snakes. They used Corn Snakes and King Snakes. Which I breed and I trust (of course with my supervision, so that my snakes do not get loose) my children to hold.

They are non venemous & are wonderful snakes for beginner snake owners. lol.

So for me, that movie was quite humerous to have all those people running and screaming from these harmless snakes.
post #42 of 44
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...So for me, that movie was quite humerous to have all those people running and screaming from these harmless snakes.
I haven't seen the movie but I imagine if they used venomous snakes there would have been very little acting!
post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
I haven't seen the movie but I imagine if they used venomous snakes there would have been very little acting!
I understand that... I was just saying, knowing the species of snakes, and not being scared of snakes myself, it turned the movie it a comedy. LOL!
post #44 of 44
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Originally Posted by Lore View Post
I understand that... I was just saying, knowing the species of snakes, and not being scared of snakes myself, it turned the movie it a comedy. LOL!
Now I'll have to watch it.
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