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The Scariest Animals in the World 

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Updated June 10, 2020 1.9M votes 67.8k voters 705.3k views 77 items

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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Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Saber Tooth Viper Fish ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish
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Brazilian wandering spid... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added
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Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Hornet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets
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Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added
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Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added
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Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added
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Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish
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Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added
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Cobra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider
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Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added
These things scare the crap outta me!
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Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm
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Giant Huntsman Spider is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MatthewGill added Giant Huntsman Spider
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Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Spider is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added
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Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added
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Snakes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Snake
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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World