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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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10,528 3,065
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
8,813 2,030
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
7,571 2,860
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
7,668 3,121
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
6,431 3,721
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
8,374 2,535
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
6,368 3,411
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

8
5,125 4,379
Lion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

9
6,182 1,911
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
5,454 3,255
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
5,686 3,255
Spider is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
6,321 1,860
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
4,577 3,592
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

14
5,163 3,010
Snake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15
4,080 3,812
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

16
5,651 1,754
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

17
4,242 3,798
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

18
4,297 3,378
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

19
4,289 3,228
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
5,161 1,726
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
5,562 1,495
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

The Scariest Movies Ever Made

22
3,863 1,652
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

23
2,998 3,090
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

24
3,121 2,531
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

25
3,666 1,563
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
2,525 3,234
Bee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

27
3,144 2,935
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

28
2,833 2,780
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

71 Vintage Halloween Costumes That Will Give You Nightmares

29
3,480 1,748
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

30
3,571 1,134
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
2,727 526
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

32
2,982 1,148
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

33
3,063 1,241
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

34
3,899 1,020
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
2,769 758
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

The Most Awesome Monsters & Creatures of All Time

36
1,524 587
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

37
2,928 1,349
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

38
2,383 1,217
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

39
2,353 1,624
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

40
2,047 1,460
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

41
2,325 1,000
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

42
2,302 1,733
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

Why Do Americans Care About The Royal Wedding So Much?

43
2,052 319
Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider

44
1,329 587
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

45
1,915 1,468
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

46
1,816 1,175
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

47
1,551 1,252
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

48
2,045 1,330
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

49
1,523 2,369
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

50
1,136 3,068
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat