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What animal (or insect, etc) are you most afraid of? Was there a specific incident that led to your fear, or is it just a general thing?

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  • Centipedes. I'm terrified by these creatures. If I see a small one I'll freeze and immediately find something to kill it, but the moment it moves I'll scream and run away. If I see a big one though? I'll walk past it very carefully and pray that it does not see me. If I see one crawling towards me I'll immediately scream and run as fast as I can. I think my fear towards them is instilled from when I was still a kid. I overheard some people talking during my grandfather's passing that his death was caused by a centipede. And when I went to the bathroom there were several centipedes on the walls, black and red ones, it was really scary. My family think I'm overreacting though.
  • Humans are the scariest animal of all.
  • Spiders and worms. Spiders scare the shit out of me, and worms creep the shit out of me. I kill any spider that comes across my path... well, not exactly. If it's outside, I will let it scamper away to do its job out in nature; but once one of those creatures dares enter my house, it's fair game for a kill. It instills an instinct within me to kill or be killed. Even though I realize that none of the spiders I come across are very likely to be able to actually harm or kill me. In all of the years we have lived in this house, I have never seen a single brown recluse or a black widow spider. Still, I kill each scampering hairy beast as if it were out to go for my jugular vein. Worms are just creepy. I can't stand their slimy feel when they are moist, and can't stand the rubbery feeling they get when they start to dry out. Even creepier is the way they can move under your grasp, their muscle tissue wiggling and squirming as you attempt to gram them. I'm getting chills just trying to describe it. We used to have a pet garter snake who loved to eat giant night crawlers. We would buy containers of them at the bait stand at Walmart, and feed the snake one or two a day, or one every other day. He loved them, and slurped them down and fought with them like living spaghetti noodles; working his jaws back and forth to pull it down his throat. But I hated them, and everything about them except for the fact that they kept our snake alive. I would put on rubber, or vinyl, gloves in order to be able to pull them out of the plastic tub containers and drop them into the snake's cage. In my opinion, the world would be a better place without spiders and worms. I know that's not true... but in theory, it works for me.
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    Jellyfish!!!!! OMG! I hate them! They have those long ghost like tentacles that sting! People have been killed by the box jellyfish. Thank goodness they are only found around Australia. Then there's the Portuguese man of War. A big gas filled jelly fish that floats *shivers*. The fact that they have no eyes or a "mouth" freaks me out too. A hunter/predator that has no expression whatsoever! Its a general fear that I can't seem to shake. Even after learning about a pond in Africa that has jellyfish that don't sting.
  • Well, for some odd reason I have something of a fear of slugs. Not sure you would call it a true fear, since I can get quite close to them and still appreciate how fascinating they are, but if one gets in the house I have to get Lin to evict it. I used to be terrified of scorpions, to the point that even a picture in a book would freak me out, but I cured that by getting one as a pet. Now I'm more than happy to look at them, even get up close to real, live ones. Spiders can still make me squeak, despite how much I love them. I don't think anyone's immune to a large, hairy, eight-legged monster jumping out at you. If I have plenty of warning I'm fine with them, usually trying to get closer in fact, but if they suddenly appear at roughly head height, (something all spiders seem to have the innate ability to do), then I'm ashamed to say I have quite a girly squeal.
  • Well, I'm not really afraid of these little things, but my daughter almost stepped on this one... mouse2
  • Animal: Dogs. I don't like dogs. They scare me. I don't know why, other than many of them are big, fanged, rambunctious, and noisy. But even the small yappy dogs startle me and make me mildly nervous. Insects: Wasps. Because while I've never been stung, I know what they can do, and something about them... they just radiate a "don't fuck with me" vibe. Probably why one of Lyria's creations is a spirit similar in personality to a wasp.
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