Some animals frighten us more than others. Our fears vary according to our culture, our phobias and where we live. Let’s explore together the list of 10 animals that are commonly scary.
1- the spider
Some scientists claim that the fear of spiders is innate in humans. However, it is easy to see that these animals do not have the same effect on everyone. The fear of spiders is useless because, in France, it is not used to protect oneself from a real danger: among the 1600 species of spiders present in France, only ten can cause us serious problems, and again, these are allergic and therefore only concern a few people. The same is of course not the case in tropical countries where one can meet large specimens with particularly powerful and therefore deadly venom.
2- the snake
The fear of the snake is also one of the fears that we frequently encounter in men and women. Just like the spider, in France, only the viper can cause allergy problems. However, it is an animal that bites only if it feels trapped. A little bit of attention can be enough to keep it far enough away to prevent any bite.
The snake contributes to the balance of ecosystems and occupies a role of prey for mammals such as badgers or raptors. Snakes, on the other hand, feed on fish, amphibians and small rodents, thus participating in the regulation of certain animal populations considered to be harmful.
3- The shark
In the collective imagination, the shark occupies an important place among the animals which frighten. They generally fascinate visitors to aquariums who may feel like they are challenging them, sheltered behind thick portholes.
The film’s success in 1975 Jaws by Steven Spielberg probably helped fuel the fantasies. The most frequently encountered species in France are fruit bats whose specimens do not exceed 2 m in length and are harmless to us. Sharks are in any case greatly killed in the world, they are one of the particularly endangered animal species.
4- The wolf
Who’s afraid of big bad wolf ? This one is, still today, an important figure of fairy tales and is whose evocation is particularly useful to tame his emotions. Yes, in the Middle Ages, the wolf was very present and feared. But our time is now more to seek the balance between the wish of reintroduce the species in areas where it was originally present, and the desire for tranquility of the few shepherds still exercising this profession. The debate is far from over!
5- the jellyfish
Before, there were years in jellyfish. However, for some time now, we have come to speak of a year without jellyfish as they are present every year on our coasts. The proliferation of these animals does not only concern the French Atlantic coast but all oceans and seas.
Among them, the Australian box jellyfish is undoubtedly the most poisonous in the world, capable of killing a human being in minutes. Rather rare, it still has many fatal accidents to its credit.
6- The tick
The ticks most frequently encountered in France are likely to transmit Lyme borreliosis, a disease infectious still poorly understood as its manifestations are varied. The Ministry of Health invites walkers who have frequented deciduous forests, undergrowth and meadows to inspect the body to ensure the absence of these ticks. They are, however, infrequent in coniferous forests. Observed under a microscope, their appearance is repulsive, particularly when these parasites have just gorged themselves with blood to the point that their abdomen is excessively swollen.
7- The rat
In France, the rat is a rodent synonymous with lack of hygiene and excessive accumulation of waste. In contrast, in India it can be worshiped as a divine manifestation. They are intelligent animals that work together to deal with tons of trash. There is therefore a real balance to be found with these animals which can be useful but which risk proliferating beyond reason if their populations are not controlled.
8- The bat
The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) regularly organizes events to raise awareness of this commonly unloved animal. In the past, young girls were told that bats risked getting caught in their hair, in order to dissuade them from going out at night. It was to ignore his formidable ability to orient himself in the dark and to avoid any obstacle thanks to his echolocation system. Also associated with the figure of the vampire, even though the bat species capable of suck blood There are only three of them and they are only found in South America, they are above all large consumers of mosquitoes, thus helping to ensure a more peaceful life.
9- The crow
In Western culture, the crow is associated with misfortune. Already in Antiquity, several stories present the black color of the crow as a divine punishment, inflicted following an error made by the animal, even though its plumage was initially white.
The crow is part of the hated group of scavenging animals, that is, which feed on the corpses of other animals. It therefore affects human beliefs related to the integrity of the body. Yet, he is also one of the most intelligent birds. But when the collective imagination takes hold of an animal to make it a scapegoat, it is surprisingly long and difficult to give it a good image.
10- The giant squid
Mollusc of the cephalopod family, it lives in abyssal depths and could reach 20 meters in length. The seabed fascinates and frightens all at the same time. Even though the idea that there may be sea monsters is no longer a very widespread fear, the fact remains that the evocation of these funds so deep that no light reaches them can give goosebumps. And the idea that beings of disproportionate dimensions are able to lead us there can quickly lodge in a corner of the mind and suddenly reappear during a swim.