Weird Nature The Scariest Animals in the World  

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List Rules 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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Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Grizzly Bear

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Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Tiger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rattlesnake

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Scorpion

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Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Wolf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Spider

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Hippo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Hippo

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Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Snake

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Deadly Hornets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Deadly Hornets

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Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Jellyfish

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Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MAN!

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Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Mountain Lion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Mountain Lion

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Goblin Shark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Goblin Shark

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Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Polar Bear

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Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Giant Kidney Worm

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Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Saber Tooth Viper Fish

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Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Copperhead

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Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Camel Spider is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

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Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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Alligator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Wasp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Rat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Leopards in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Honey Badger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Honey Badger

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Deep Sea Hatchetfish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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Ear Wig is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ear Wig

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Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf Fish

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Bot Fly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly