Spiders, Snakes, and other Creepy Crawlies

United States
July 9, 2012 1:03pm CST
Why are people so scared of these? the average human weighs approximately 180 pounds, and a spider weighs less than an ounces. That's hundreds of times as much! And the whole "They're gonna bite me! I'm going to die!!!!!!!!!" No. I am highly allergic to all forms of spider venom, but they still don't scare me. A thing called mutual respect is what protects you. You have a better chance of being in a car accident rather than being bitten non-provoked, by a spider or snake. So many people are disabled by an innate fear of these natural creatures. As long as we respect their habitat, we are perfectly safe
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@GreenMoo (11834)
10 Jul 12
Primordial fear? We're programmed to fear the spider or snake shape, as many young animals have been proven to? However, this is largely unnecessary unless you live somewhere where these creatures are a major risk to you. Snakes particularly are very shy animals who would rather leave the area than share it with a human. I posted a discussion recently about how I shared my outdoor shower with a snake, really just to convey how wonderful it was, but nearly every response I received was horrified. It minded it's own business, and I minded mine. No problem at all. I was made very sick by a spider bite some time ago and would not wear gloves if I were to be working in an area where there were likely to be many, but that does not mean I am scared of them. They have a useful role to play in our lives, as does every creature.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
9 Jul 12
I have no idea. I actually like spiders and snakes, they are beautiful creatures who only attack when they feel threatened. The only thing I can't abide is cockroaches for some reason, they give me the willies and make me feel nearly hysterical. But beetles, spiders, snakes, even centipedes are welcome in my yard. If I find them in my house I put them out, I don't kill them. I read a theory once that it's either humans or these creatures that are alien to this planet and that's why we dislike them so much. Interesting to think about!
@GardenGerty (157546)
• United States
9 Jul 12
I said in another discussion, we tend to fear things that are unlike us, that have more than four limbs, have skin without hair, etc. but we tend to identify with animals that have fur, etc. I am more afraid of bugs and spiders than I am of snakes, reptiles and amphibians, because the bugs,insects and spiders are small enough I may not see them. I know they will not seek me out to deliberately attack me, but I may hurt or threaten them and they would hurt me. I am more favorable to spiders than I am to other bugs, not sure why. It could be because I see their actual usefulness in helping to control pest populations. When it comes to fear, however, people are often not rational.
• Canada
9 Jul 12
I am one of those people who don't like spiders. I was bitten by a spider when I was a child, and I had a bad allergic reaction. I spent a couple days in the hospital too. But on the other hand I am not at all afraid of snakes "i'v had afew snakes as pets". I also use to keep lizzards as pets. Other types of bugs doesn't bother me either... Just spiders.