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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33,100 9,901
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
28,876 7,987
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
24,998 11,179
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
28,363 8,251
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
23,823 11,748
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
18,470 15,736
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
23,994 10,392
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

8
20,039 11,325
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

9
19,851 9,508
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
14,106 16,972
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
20,720 7,359
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
18,346 9,808
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
20,833 7,152
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

14
20,128 6,444
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

15
12,965 13,864
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

16
12,340 14,548
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

17
13,019 13,164
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,172 5,525
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

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13,317 12,185
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
18,156 6,581
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
19,566 5,285
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

22
11,019 10,751
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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12,388 9,442
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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9,421 15,529
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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9,979 11,739
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,065 10,032
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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14,346 5,601
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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13,185 6,362
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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15,332 3,585
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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13,883 4,427
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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13,761 3,060
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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12,564 4,960
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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15,193 3,404
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 33 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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9,970 4,772
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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9,675 4,634
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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11,650 3,030
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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6,957 11,551
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,030 3,137
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

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8,857 3,751
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

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10,116 4,574
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,740 5,501
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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8,181 4,034
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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6,759 4,127
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,238 4,224
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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7,192 4,672
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

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7,882 4,131
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,873 5,526
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,090 3,013
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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7,928 4,451
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,502 8,364
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat