Graveyard Shift 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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31,160 8,676
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,925 12,099
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,637 8,902
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,433 12,573
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,707 11,127
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,742 16,851
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,526 12,157
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,418 10,255
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,065 18,237
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,320 7,975
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,775 10,573
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,338 7,665
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,852 14,910
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,699 6,895
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,166 15,619
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,891 14,145
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,610 5,980
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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14,255 13,017
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,461 7,029
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,902 5,588
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,870 11,488
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,374 10,059
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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9,945 16,567
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,651 12,505
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,815 10,701
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,492 5,951
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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14,168 6,734
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,375 3,812
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

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14,873 4,686
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,793 3,255
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,413 5,278
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,205 3,601
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added These things scare the crap outta me!

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10,759 5,079
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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10,455 4,967
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,543 3,249
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,838 3,341
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

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7,265 12,232
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,551 3,986
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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10,792 4,819
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,831 4,273
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,274 5,867
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,372 4,438
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,808 4,501
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,605 4,923
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,298 5,813
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,333 4,366
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,381 4,678
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,536 3,223
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,200 7,192
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Disease carriers