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Fear of frogs and toads is both a known specific phobia, known simply as frog phobia or ranidaphobia (from ranidae, the most widespread family of frogs), and a superstition common to the folkways of many cultures. Psychiatric speciality literature uses the simple term "fear of frogs" rather than any specialized term.[1] The term batrachophobia has also been recorded in a 1953 psychiatric dictionary.[2]

Popular beliefs

According to them, the sight of frog may be a bad omen. As well, a common myth says that touching frogs and toads may give one warts. (In many other cultures, frogs are considered as good omen.) A survey carried out by researchers from the Johannesburg Zoo have shown that in modern times old supersititons play less significant role and modern children are more concerned whether frogs are poisonous or harmless.[3]

As a phobia

Phobia against frogs often happens after seeing frogs die violently. One case of severe fear of frogs has been described in Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry in 1983: a woman developed an extreme fear of frogs after a traumatic incident in which her lawn mower ran over a group of frogs and killed them.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Psychiatry Specialty Board Review for the DSM-IV" (1996) Psychology Press, ISBN 0-87630-788-8 p. 97
  2. ^ Jacob Shatzky, Leland Earl Hinsie (1953) "Psychiatric Dictionary: With Encyclopedic Treatment of Modern Terms", Oxford University Press, "Fear of frogs"
  3. ^ "What do kids think about Frogs?", an Johannesburg Zoo article
  4. ^ Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, vol. 14, 1983