Ophidiophobia

Unfamiliar with the condition? That's okay. The clinical term for snake phobia isn't one you hear bandied about much. But why is that? In 2020, the National Institutes of Health reported snakes triggered high levels of anxiety in over 50% of people surveyed.

...snakes elicited anxiety in 53.3% [of those surveyed] and ophidiophobia, a clinically relevant fear of snakes, is believed to affect 2–3% of [the] population [...] representing as much as a half of all animal phobias.

-National Institutes of Health, Jakub Polák, et al.

Women fear snakes more than men do.

Consensus in the behavioral science field holds that the dysregulated and irrational fear of animals is one of the most common human phobias with a lifetime prevalence of 3.3 to 5.7%.

And, like other anxiety disorders, zoophobias typically affect four times as many women than men. Can you blame us? Snakes have had it out for women since the days of Adam and Eve 😳

How worrisome are snake bites in Idaho?

If we base the answer off the staticians at World Population Review, they're nothing to obsess over. Since the start of 2024, only 10 Idahoans have been bitten by poisonous snakes. We're guessing the 1,408 Texans that have crossed paths with lethal serpents would say Idaho's in pretty good shape.

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Still, Idaho is home to 12 snakes, two of which are venomous.

If you ask us, fearing every snake you encounter on a hike through the foothills is a waste of time and energy, y'all. Knowledge is power. Take a look at the gallery below before your next adventure in Idaho's backyard. If your memory isn't the best, do what we do and take some screenshots.

Scroll for 10 Idaho snakes that look deadly but aren't, and two that are ☠️

10 Idaho Snakes that Look Deadly But Aren't & 2 That Are

If you're ready to face your fear of snakes, we're ready to help!

We're starting small by helping you understand three key facts about each snake in the gallery below: what they look like; whether they're venomous or not; and where they're found in the Gem State.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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6 Idaho Animals That Are About To Be Wiped Out Forever

There are six species on the verge of extinction in Idaho according to the Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

9 Idaho Animal Parents Who Eat Their Kids

Before you judge the filial cannibals in the gallery below, remember:

> they can't escape their homegrown hellions with a therapeutic trip to Target

> there are no babysitters in the wild

> they can't send them off to school five days a week

> and most, if not all of them, were just lonely, h*rny singles looking for a one-night stand who wound up as single parents

Cut 'em some slack, people 🙄

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

5 Times Animals Made Crazy History in Idaho

Flying beavers, Snake lined walls, aggressive goats and more times that animals in Idaho have been so outrageous that they made national headlines.

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

How Many Of These 14 Animals Do You Remember Dissecting in an Idaho School?

5 Adorable Animals That Are Legally Considered 'Pests' In Idaho