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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5,220 1,158
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,730 1,310
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,811 877
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,361 1,237
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,060 1,508
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
3,570 1,273
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
2,536 1,611
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

8
2,494 1,480
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

9
2,383 1,323
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
2,645 855
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,556 1,587
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
2,757 772
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
2,180 1,341
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

14
2,587 1,769
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

15
1,932 1,742
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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2,343 765
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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2,271 1,575
Snake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,913 1,582
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

19
2,058 692
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,904 1,575
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
2,286 672
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

22
2,799 1,318
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

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1,358 923
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

24
1,320 1,307
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,423 1,081
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,905 759
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

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1,297 683
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

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1,325 676
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

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1,442 1,439
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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1,092 1,546
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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1,342 772
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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1,139 511
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

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1,111 403
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Copperhead

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832 404
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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1,606 536
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

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879 490
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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1,263 685
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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1,008 692
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

39
848 462
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

40
1,050 812
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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749 316
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

42
556 373
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

43
620 1,479
Rat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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294 100
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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660 1,015
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

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729 641
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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671 448
Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Kodiak Bear

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605 425
Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MatthewGill added Jaguar

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643 473
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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813 762
Honey Badger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
graeme.mceachern added Honey Badger