The mental health charity’s ‘Face your Fears’ week starts next week from Monday 26th September until the 2nd of October. Amongst other events is an Animal Encounter workshop in Manchester on Monday, where you can come face to face with snakes and spiders. More information about Face Your Fears is available here. Further help and advice on phobias is also available on their website here.
Through discussions with people at events and through our Wildlife Information Service it seems that fear of snakes and also of frogs and toads can lead to people feeling so anxious about their presence they want them removed from their garden. In some cases they might ‘frog-proof’ their outdoor space, or perhaps even kill or injure animals.
|Froglife's giant cuddly grass-snake is always a big hit with young people|
Froglife sympathises with anyone with a phobia and recognises how debilitating this can be. However, our job to protect reptiles and amphibians would be a lot easier if these misunderstood animals were more loved! Help for phobias is out there, and the old expression is also true - the animals are much more scared of you than you are of them, often with good reason.
- You can find out more about the Face Your Fears event here
- Information and pictures about our three beautiful native UK snakes is available on the Froglife website here
- You can also find ideas for encouragaing reptiles and amphibians in your garden here
Photo: Tracy Roberts