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List of Animal Phobias


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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Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on December 29, 2019:

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This is an interesting article about animal phobias. I guess someone can develop a phobia around just about anything, but I did not realize apiphobia even is a phobia - the fear of bees.

layci on January 25, 2016:

im sooooooooooo afraid of spiders, snakes, and cockroaches

omar on November 22, 2012:

i don't have any phobias at all

idkanyms on October 01, 2012:

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

Sofia on June 27, 2012:

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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Richard on April 24, 2012:

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?

Crazygirlhearts on April 16, 2012:

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

Hannah on March 17, 2012:

What do you call the fear of Orcas?

liv100 on January 09, 2012:

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

Kacey on December 31, 2011:

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

Sam on December 19, 2011:

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)

alex on December 06, 2011:

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

NicoleMarie♥ on November 18, 2011:

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. :/

LizySledgeHammer from RI...erm, I mean, the coldest reaches of spaaaaace! on November 02, 2011:

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

Camille Harris from SF Bay Area on October 20, 2011:

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!!!!! on August 10, 2011:

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 :|:|:|

Rob on July 03, 2011:

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

abbie on September 20, 2010:

im scared of goats and i dont know what its called

Cody on August 11, 2010:

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.

angelou on July 29, 2010:

I'm afraid of lizarda and frogs

Rossanna on May 17, 2010:

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!

Alex on April 23, 2010:

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.

Jessica on April 22, 2010:

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.

Coyote Jo on April 19, 2010:

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

gabby on April 03, 2010:

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 /":

Vivie on November 26, 2009:

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

jazzii on October 25, 2009:

im afraid of CLOWNS!

laura on October 25, 2009:

im terrifed of birds lol im on youtube for it

mina on June 12, 2009:

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.

trooper22 from Chicago on June 01, 2009:

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

R Burow from Florida, United States on May 31, 2009:

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 ?

Sandria Green-Stewart from Toronto, Canada on May 31, 2009:

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...

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on May 31, 2009:

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!

Susan Ng Yu on May 31, 2009:

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

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