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Why Do We Fear Snakes?

Snakes have been around for millions of years. But why do humans fear them?

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Here Comes the Science

Snakes are scary for a reason, but is our fear disproportionate?

What Else do We Fear?

Which other things topped the YouGov survey of Americans' most common fears?

  1. Loud Noises

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  2. Confined Spaces

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  3. Flying

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  4. Cats

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  1. Loud Noises
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    No!

    Nope! People didn't list loud noises as a key fear, but sounds above 140 decibels can damage our hearing
  2. Confined Spaces
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    Yes!

    Yes! Confined spaces was the fifth-most feared thing in the survey, with over 15% listing it as something they were VERY afraid of.
  3. Flying
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    Yes!

    Likelihood of dying in a plane is much less than that of a bus, train, and even a ferry. Yet we rank it highly in our fear factors.
  4. Cats
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    No!

    The official mascot of the internet can do no wrong in the eyes of the US public, but dogs and mice were listed. Those polled were no scaredy-cats.

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