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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35,088 10,473
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,652 8,527
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,510 11,916
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,188 8,716
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,055 12,393
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,395 10,882
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,381 16,654
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,259 11,913
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,104 10,036
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,961 7,828
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,799 18,005
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,482 10,370
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,995 7,537
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,624 14,695
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,349 6,779
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,923 15,441
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,337 5,831
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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13,716 13,927
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,053 12,844
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,192 6,918
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,598 5,517
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,731 11,277
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,185 9,890
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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9,786 16,376
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,265 5,839
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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11,632 10,577
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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10,462 12,375
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,936 6,657
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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16,177 3,738
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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14,672 4,612
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added

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14,571 3,208
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added

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13,245 5,197
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,990 3,548
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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10,620 4,990
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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10,315 4,867
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,365 3,191
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added

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11,698 3,277
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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7,181 12,112
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,443 3,916
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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10,670 4,762
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,713 4,212
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,271 4,341
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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9,182 5,785
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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8,716 4,426
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added

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7,526 4,864
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,218 5,739
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,229 4,312
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,289 4,621
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,452 3,168
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,146 7,087
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Disease carriers