The Scariest Animals in the World Anything
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The Scariest Animals in the World

List Criteria: Vote up the scary animals you hope to never encounter while alone in a dark alley

We're all more scared of one thing than another. Maybe it's the idea of being mauled by a Grizzly or having spiders crawl in your ear while you're sleeping. Maybe it's just the IDEA that a snake might be nearby. Whatever it is, vote on the animal that scares you the most, and of course, feel free to add any of the scariest animals in the world that might be missing from this list.

Any list of the scariest animals in the world will likely include sharks, spiders, and snakes. But what terrifies one person might not scare another at all. It's interesting to look at why certain animals strike fear, and others don't. Is it because many of the animals listed here are potentially deadly? Some spiders' bites can be horrible, but spiders can also be pretty amazing.

Sure, but that doesn't explain why cockroaches freak people out (if you don't believe me, just check the list, and see the votes for yourself). It's highly unlikely that you'll be done in by a killer cockroach – so what gives? Well, they're creepy, they're crawly and (depending on where you live) they *can* fly. That qualifies as scary.

And yes, some of the scariest animals listed here, we'll never ever encounter in real life. Oh, we might see a great white shark in an aquarium or on TV during Shark Week, but really? The odds of us actually coming face to face with a great white are pretty slim. Still, we've all seen Jaws, so that sucker shoots to the top of the list. And bats: Yes, some believe they are scary, but there are a lot of myths surrounding these and other animals that, if you knew more, might make them a bit less terrifying.

Which animals scare you the most? Are they insects? Reptiles? Mammals (and yes, this includes man)? Time to vote!
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Great White Shark

    100
  2. 2
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    Down 250

    Crocodile

    92
  3. 3
    Up 514
    Down 164

    Cobra

    91
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    86
  5. 5
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    84
  6. 6
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    Grizzly Bear

    82
  7. 7
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    Scorpion

    79
  8. 8
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    Down 267
    78
  9. 9
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    Down 357

    Spider

    78
  10. 10
    Up 290
    Down 114
    71
    added by: JaredDeMarino
  11. 11
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    Snake

    70
  12. 12
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    68
  13. 13
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    Down 308

    Jellyfish

    66
  14. 14
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    often listed
    Wolf

    66
  15. 15
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    Hippo

    66
    added by: Dismalhead
  16. 16
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    64
  17. 17
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    MAN!

    62
    added by: MichaelRoustaboutSteer
  18. 18
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    Rattlesnake

    59
  19. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bee

    57
  20. 20
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    Down 52

    Deadly Hornets

    57
    added by: Dani Porter
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    56
  22. 22
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    55
    added by: Rongo
  23. 23
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    55
  24. 24
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    Polar Bear

    54
  25. 25
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    Mountain Lion

    53
    added by: zxray
  26. 26
    Up 245
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    Giant Kidney Worm

    52
    added by: TanyaDeAngelis
  27. 27
    Up 204
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    52
    added by: zxray
  28. 28
    Up 177
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    52
  29. 29
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    50
    added by: EpicMan
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    49
    added by: Trolol
  31. 31
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    49
    added by: zxray
  32. 32
    Up 257
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    Irukandji Jellyfish

    46
  33. 33
    Up 107
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    46
  34. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rat

    45
  35. 35
    Up 217
    Down 154

    Ascaris Worm

    44
  36. 36
    Up 144
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    42
    added by: zxray
  37. 37
    Up 145
    Down 179

    Mosquito

    42
    added by: analise.dubner
    Disease carriers
  38. 38
    Up 30
    Down 34
    41
    added by: keepsmiling.carson1
  39. 39
    Up 204
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    Cockroach

    41
  40. 40
    Up 69
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    41
    added by: wiabux
  41. 41
    Up 50
    Down 24

    Goblin Shark

    41
    added by: keepsmiling.carson1
  42. 42
    Up 191
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    40
    added by: Rongo
  43. 43
    Up 30
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    Deep Sea Hatchetfish

    39
    added by: keepsmiling.carson1
  44. 44
    Up 38
    Down 13
    38
    added by: JordanA.Curlew
  45. 45
    Up 134
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bat

    38
  46. 46
    Up 123
    Down 116

    Honey Badger

    38
    added by: graeme.mceachern
  47. 47
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    38
    added by: Rongo
  48. 48
    Up 39
    Down 29
    37
  49. 49
    Up 27
    Down 19

    Bot Fly

    37
  50. 50
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    ranked low on reranks
    Camel Spider

    36
    added by: shannon devra ropp
    These things scare the crap outta me!
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