Dear sweet baby Jesus! Pray I don’t faint or have a heart attack.- Stephanie Creager, July 10th, 2022.

In case you're wondering, Ranidaphobia is the clinical term for the fear of frogs and my friend Stephanie has it.  Much to her horror and dismay, over the weekend, she was terrorized by a frog that latched onto the side of her house by the front entry way.  For Stephanie, it was an instant moment of STRANGER DANGER!

Stephanie Creager
Stephanie Creager
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It's estimated, by the National Institute of Mental Health, that roughly 12.5% of adults in the United States will suffer from a specific phobia at some point during their lifetimes.  Well, Stephanie is certainly among them and her phobia is very specific.

It's THESE!

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Stephanie says that frogs completely "freak" her out.  She says their skin reminds her of snakes. (I think we may have identified yet another phobia).

Now, before you assume that Stephanie just isn't very outdoorsy, she actually loves to fish.  She adds, "I will bait a line, take my own fish off the hook, but I am NOT touching a frog!"

She's not kidding.  Unfortunately for Stephanie, her encounter with this little guy on Saturday wasn't her first.

Stephanie Creager
Stephanie Creager
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Last year, she went out her front door and a frog, just like the one above, was stuck on the siding of the house by the front door. Well, wouldn't you know?  All of a sudden, Stephanie felt something hit her shoulder.  In her words, "I'm not sure I have ever let out such a blood-curdling scream!  Not to mention, I wish I would have had a DEPENDS on."

Here's Stephanie talking about her long-standing fear of frogs.

 

Here's the thing. I have a few other friends who are scared of frogs as well.  And I get it. They are little weird. When I was a kid, we used to catch them all the time.  If you did that too, you'll remember this. What's the first thing a frog does when you pick it up?  Yep!  It pees on you.

And you may remember this too. Remember that old wives tales that suggested that if a frog peed on you that you would get warts??  Yeah, that doesn't happen.  Warts are caused by a virus, not a freaking frog.

And, well, speaking of frogs. I personally think that little guy on Stephanie's siding looks pretty harmless. I mean, when you compare it to these . . .

Sorry, Stephanie!

 

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