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Zoophobia or animal phobia is a class of specific phobias to particular animals,[1] or an irrational fear or even simply dislike of any non-human animals.

Examples of specific zoophobias would be entomophobias, such as that of bees (apiphobia). Fears of spiders (arachnophobia) and snakes (ophidiophobia) are also common. See the article at -phobia for the list of various phobias. Sigmund Freud mentioned that an animal phobia is one of the most frequent psychoneurotic diseases among children.[1]

Zoophobia is not the sensible fear of dangerous or threatening animals, such as wild bears or venomous snakes. It is a phobia of animals that causes distress or dysfunction in the individual's everyday life.

Phobias of certain animals[edit]

Name of phobias Fear
Agrizoophobia of wild animals
Ailurophobia of cats
Apiphobia of bees
Arachnophobia of spiders and other arachnids
Bovinophobia of cattle
Chiroptophobia of bats
Cynophobia of dogs
Entomophobia of insects
Equinophobia of horses
Herpetophobia of reptiles and amphibians
Ichthyophobia of fish
Mottephobia of butterflies and moths
Murophobia of mice and rats
Ophidiophobia of snakes
Ornithophobia of birds
Selachophobia of sharks
Vermiphobia of worms

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  1. ^ a b Nandor Fodor, Frank Gaynor, "Freud: Dictionary of Psychoanalysis", 2004: ISBN 0-7607-5301-6 (initial publ. 1950), article "Zoophobia, infantile", pp. 205-206