Diamondback water snake (Nerodia rhombifer)
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W. C. Fields once said, “I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake—which I also keep handy.” Humorous though it is, it speaks to something I’ve never understood: ophidiophobia (or ophiophobia), the excessive fear of snakes.
I can understand the fear of being bitten by a venomous snake. That goes hand in hand with the fear of being in an airplane crash or falling into a vat of acid.
But the general and overriding fear of all snakes no matter the circumstances or level of threat? That I just don’t comprehend.