The Scariest Animals in the World Anything
Ultimate List
31,894 votes 128,546 views more info

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!
  • 19 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 993
    Down 352

    the people's #1 & most listed

    open
  2. 2
    Up 731
    Down 304

    Crocodile

    open
  3. 3
    Up 665
    Down 209

    Cobra

    open
  4. 4
    Up 711
    Down 187

    open
  5. 5
    Up 757
    Down 239

    open
  6. 6
    Up 588
    Down 328

    Grizzly Bear

    open
  7. 7
    Up 493
    Down 332

    open
  8. 8
    Up 588
    Down 339

    Scorpion

    open
  9. 9
    Up 630
    Down 434

    Spider

    open
  10. 10
    Up 422
    Down 167

    added by JaredDeMarino

    open
  11. 11
    Up 540
    Down 345

    Snake

    open
  12. 12
    Up 429
    Down 347

    open
  13. 13
    Up 462
    Down 364

    Jellyfish

    open
  14. 14
    Up 403
    Down 416

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Wolf

    open
  15. 15
    Up 386
    Down 173

    open
  16. 16
    Up 377
    Down 249

    added by Dismalhead Hippo

    open
  17. 17
    Up 375
    Down 119

    Rattlesnake

    open
  18. 18
    Up 304
    Down 85

    added by Dani Porter Deadly Hornets

    open
  19. 19
    Up 354
    Down 417

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bee

    open
  20. 20
    Up 374
    Down 107

    ranked low on reranks

    open
  21. 21
    Up 302
    Down 308

    open
  22. 22
    Up 359
    Down 260

    Polar Bear

    open
  23. 23
    Up 539
    Down 323

    added by MichaelRoustaboutSteer MAN!

    open
  24. 24
    Up 292
    Down 146

    added by zxray Mountain Lion

    open
  25. 25
    Up 299
    Down 97

    added by zxray

    open
  26. 26
    Up 397
    Down 309

    added by Rongo

    open
  27. 27
    Up 325
    Down 137

    added by TanyaDeAngelis Giant Kidney Worm

    open
  28. 28
    Up 229
    Down 108

    added by zxray

    open
  29. 29
    Up 202
    Down 50

    open
  30. 30
    Up 239
    Down 150

    open
  31. 31
    Up 237
    Down 125

    added by Trolol

    open
  32. 32
    Up 217
    Down 122

    added by EpicMan

    open
  33. 33
    Up 328
    Down 184

    Irukandji Jellyfish

    open
  34. 34
    Up 351
    Down 127

    added by shannon devra ropp Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

    open
  35. 35
    Up 193
    Down 411

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rat

    open
  36. 36
    Up 119
    Down 57

    added by keepsmiling.carson1 Goblin Shark

    open
  37. 37
    Up 118
    Down 43

    added by JordanA.Curlew

    open
  38. 38
    Up 273
    Down 195

    Ascaris Worm

    open
  39. 39
    Up 215
    Down 121

    added by zxray

    open
  40. 40
    Up 119
    Down 98

    added by wiabux

    open
  41. 41
    Up 187
    Down 235

    added by analise.dubner Mosquito Disease carriers

    open
  42. 42
    Up 84
    Down 35

    added by keepsmiling.carson1 Saber Tooth Viper Fish

    open
  43. 43
    Up 178
    Down 151

    added by graeme.mceachern Honey Badger

    open
  44. 44
    Up 78
    Down 63

    added by keepsmiling.carson1 Deep Sea Hatchetfish

    open
  45. 45
    Up 172
    Down 357

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bat

    open
  46. 46
    Up 71
    Down 73

    added by keepsmiling.carson1

    open
  47. 47
    Up 72
    Down 63

    Bot Fly

    open
  48. 48
    Up 93
    Down 65

    open
  49. 49
    Up 219
    Down 271

    added by Rongo

    open
  50. 50
    Up 175
    Down 224

    added by Rongo

    open
70 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists