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Old 08-11-2001, 01:56 AM   #1
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scared of spiders?

or snakes? i dont know, im not as scared of snakes as i used to be, but now spiders are just evil.

what about rats? anyone scared of hair? that is a phobia you know, im not kidding, especially pubic hair.

what are you scared of?

me. rats, big ones, and spiders of any kind.

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Old 08-11-2001, 02:01 AM   #2
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not even afraid of me?


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absolutely terrified of snakes

spiders too but i cant even walk through the reptile house at the zoo.

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...i am not afraid, of anything in this world...except


I am scared to death of them, I have nightmares of those serpents.

Incidentally, when I was in the army, I let my buddy's tarantuala crawl all the way up from my hand to my neck.
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Spiders and snakes terrify me.

I was in a pet store one day, and a girl was holding a taruntula...she suddenly got freaked out, screamed, and kind of threw/dropped him, and he fell on my foot...I thought I was gonna have a heart attack.

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Old 08-11-2001, 09:50 AM   #8
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I have a bad phobia of spiders. Even Daddy Long Legs
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Old 08-11-2001, 01:18 PM   #9
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I love snakes. I was torn between art and wanting to study reptiles and amphibians for most of my life, and snakes are my favorite. The fear of snakes is a natural one that does not have to be learned (from what I've read), but I think one of the reasons I'm not afraid of them is because I encountered a few when I was very young on my own terms, with no adults around to freak out about it. It was mysterious and beautiful. I told my mom I had found a snake in the backyard and they captured it and were very concerned. I didn't know what all the fuss was about. My parents didn't know anything about it, if it was dangerous or not.

I was a nature boy growing up always looking for interesting animals in the back and front yard, at my half-sister's softball games, at my brother's swim meets. We had many animal books and I learned all about nature by reading them and from my own observations. I think that if people get to know spiders and snakes a bit better, they lose some of the fear they have while keeping a healthy respect for them.

Having said that, I do freak out a bit if I feel something crawling on me at night.

I also just want to mention that I saw a show on the Discovery channel not too long ago called "Spiders, the Ultimate Guide" which was pretty amazing. They showed a spider that actually spits its web at prey insects, kind of like spiderman. There was another that doesn't spin a web but makes a single strand with a glob of sticky liquid silk at the end. It then swings this around and tries to hit passing winged insects.

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not afraid of spiders or snakes or any insects, but insects really bug me. bzzzz-ing around my head etc. esp at night when there is a mosquito in my room. but i cant say im afraid of any animal in particular, will prob say diff when im face to face with a hungry gator.
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growing up in those lovely Sulawesian jungles, I encountered creepy crawlies of all sorts on a daily basis. I don't especially like them, but I'm bigger than they are, so no need to fear. Of course, the time I found a roach crawling around beneath my pillow...I wasn't toooo happy. lol.


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in general, i can't stand insects (except flies) flying around me. i am terrified that they might sting me!
BUGS-they are just gross! would probably freak out if some bug (you know, worms, caterpillars etc...) was to climb up my leg...

dunno about snakes-it's ok if i see them on TV, but i don't know what would happen if i was to see one in my room.

as for spiders-i am not afraid of them. as long as it's a small spider...

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bees , spiders are good , they don't make so much noice as bees do
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Snakes or spiders are ok with me, but bees, oh shit they scare me!
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Old 08-11-2001, 04:21 PM   #15
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Yuck! I intensely dislike all creepy crawlies, perhaps not a phobia, but pretty close. I've had some bad experiences with bugs. For instance, one time I went out to my car at night to get something and on the way back to the house I felt a pop and squish under my foot. It was a gigantic palmetto bug (similiar to a large roach only it can fly)and its guts squished between my toes. uh! really gross I know! I almost threw up.

Another time, on my first canoe trip, we ran the canoe onto the side of the river and knocked into some branches that were boughed down low. When we hit the branches at least a 100 tiny spiders rained down from the tree and fell in my hair and were crawling all over me. I think you could hear my screams for miles. Sooooo now you know why I hate bugs so much, and these are only a couple of examples. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've been minding my own business when all of a sudden I feel something crawling on me. It's as though they know I hate them so they come swarming at me. It's weird. I don't know what I would've done if I were that lady on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when she was in that secret passage-way and all those disgusting bugs started crawling all over her. I probably would have passed out.

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