For no reasonable reason, I am petrified of snakes. I have never been bitten by a snake and I have never had a snake bother me nor was I ever thrown into a snake pit. I realize I have an irrational fear of snakes and believe me, I have no idea why.
All I know is that those creatures are disgusting. They have no legs, no shoulders, no evident signs of ears. They are just a tail with fangs and a set of eyes. So gross to me, but I have no idea why.
A few years back, I was gardening and my black cat came by every now and again as I reached down to pet her. I felt her near my ankle and reached down to pet her tail when I realized I had the tail end of a black snake in my hand. I absolutely freaked out and had a whole body reaction as I sprinted up in the air and my feet were running before I hit the ground. I peeled out of my yard and ran into the road after letting out a blood curling scream. Two off my neighbors came running out of their house to see what was the matter and they laughed when I told them a snake frightened me. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. So irrational, I know, I know.