It's not just spiders which scare me. Not a fan of lizards or snakes either. Just the hissing and those tongues which are forked and sticking out. Yikes! Now I don't mind small reptiles. Maybe a couple of inches at best but the bigger ones? No thanks. Same with rats. We had one come into our house some years ago. I was in the tv room and I saw this black thing run past in the hallway and I thought is that one of our dogs? So I got up to have a look and it was a rat. Big ugly thing it was too. Eventually it ran back outside but yuck. One of my best friends incidentally loved rats. Had quite a few of them at her home. I didn't visit her much.