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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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11,433 3,316
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
9,670 2,233
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
8,319 3,145
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
8,361 3,437
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
9,226 2,724
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
6,932 4,207
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
7,138 3,649
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

8
5,598 4,881
Lion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

9
6,032 3,497
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
6,801 2,099
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
6,300 3,468
Spider is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
6,931 2,052
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
5,724 3,248
Snake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

14
4,924 4,050
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15
4,489 4,204
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

16
6,287 1,921
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

17
4,700 3,744
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

18
4,501 4,322
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

19
4,718 3,554
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
5,742 1,903
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
6,185 1,631
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

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22
4,401 1,775
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

23
3,469 2,816
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

24
3,288 3,448
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

25
4,091 1,762
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

26
2,893 3,486
Bee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

27
3,529 3,144
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

28
3,925 1,881
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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3,050 3,135
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

30
4,054 1,213
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

31
3,195 613
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

32
3,512 1,341
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

33
3,395 1,280
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

34
4,362 1,101
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

35
3,127 834
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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1,817 723
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

37
3,248 1,444
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

38
2,357 1,553
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

39
2,648 1,360
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

40
2,662 1,060
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

41
2,613 1,765
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

42
2,556 1,877
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,206 1,564
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

44
2,369 390
Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider

45
1,597 688
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

46
1,793 1,365
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

47
2,072 1,275
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

48
2,285 1,405
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

49
1,742 1,093
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

50
1,251 3,273
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat