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
    Up 725
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Great White Shark

    100
  2. 2
    Up 543
    Down 239

    Crocodile

    92
  3. 3
    Up 484
    Down 152

    Cobra

    91
  4. 4
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    Down 139
    86
  5. 5
    Up 586
    Down 158
    85
  6. 6
    Up 444
    Down 250

    Grizzly Bear

    82
  7. 7
    Up 467
    Down 248

    Scorpion

    80
  8. 8
    Up 508
    Down 340

    Spider

    78
  9. 9
    Up 347
    Down 259
    78
  10. 10
    Up 417
    Down 272

    Snake

    71
  11. 11
    Up 264
    Down 108
    70
    added by: JaredDeMarino
  12. 12
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    68
  13. 13
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    Down 291

    Jellyfish

    66
  14. 14
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    often listed
    Wolf

    66
  15. 15
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    Down 182

    Hippo

    66
    added by: Dismalhead
  16. 16
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    63
  17. 17
    Up 403
    Down 223

    MAN!

    63
    added by: MichaelRoustaboutSteer
  18. 18
    Up 242
    Down 70

    Rattlesnake

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

    58
  20. 20
    Up 158
    Down 45

    Deadly Hornets

    56
    added by: Dani Porter
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    Up 229
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    56
  22. 22
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    55
    added by: Rongo
  23. 23
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    55
  24. 24
    Up 248
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    Polar Bear

    53
  25. 25
    Up 185
    Down 101

    Mountain Lion

    52
    added by: zxray
  26. 26
    Up 164
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    52
  27. 27
    Up 228
    Down 93

    Giant Kidney Worm

    52
    added by: TanyaDeAngelis
  28. 28
    Up 184
    Down 62
    52
    added by: zxray
  29. 29
    Up 121
    Down 73
    50
    added by: EpicMan
  30. 30
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    49
    added by: zxray
  31. 31
    Up 135
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    48
    added by: Trolol
  32. 32
    Up 247
    Down 142

    Irukandji Jellyfish

    47
  33. 33
    Up 143
    Down 315

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rat

    45
  34. 34
    Up 85
    Down 22
    45
  35. 35
    Up 209
    Down 142

    Ascaris Worm

    44
  36. 36
    Up 133
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    43
    added by: zxray
  37. 37
    Up 137
    Down 163

    Mosquito

    42
    added by: analise.dubner
    Disease carriers
  38. 38
    Up 24
    Down 24
    42
    added by: keepsmiling.carson1
  39. 39
    Up 198
    Down 236

    Cockroach

    41
  40. 40
    Up 63
    Down 55
    41
    added by: wiabux
  41. 41
    Up 40
    Down 14

    Goblin Shark

    41
    added by: keepsmiling.carson1
  42. 42
    Up 185
    Down 203
    41
    added by: Rongo
  43. 43
    Up 25
    Down 18

    Deep Sea Hatchetfish

    40
    added by: keepsmiling.carson1
  44. 44
    Up 127
    Down 285

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bat

    38
  45. 45
    Up 112
    Down 107

    Honey Badger

    38
    added by: graeme.mceachern
  46. 46
    Up 133
    Down 174
    38
    added by: Rongo
  47. 47
    Up 23
    Down 5
    37
    added by: JordanA.Curlew
  48. 48
    Up 30
    Down 21
    37
  49. 49
    Up 17
    Down 13

    Bot Fly

    36
  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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