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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26,642 11,976
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,792 8,587
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,344 8,755
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,180 12,445
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,520 10,933
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,484 16,723
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,368 11,967
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,221 10,083
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,078 7,870
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,874 18,086
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,584 10,421
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,113 7,572
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,700 14,764
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,463 6,814
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,000 15,502
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,449 5,860
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,764 14,000
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,116 12,894
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,286 6,945
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,688 5,534
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,790 11,327
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,255 9,929
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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9,821 16,449
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,341 5,867
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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11,685 10,618
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,512 12,419
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,998 6,685
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,247 3,752
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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14,742 4,625
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,639 3,220
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added

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13,299 5,216
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,055 3,559
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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10,665 5,014
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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10,363 4,887
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,414 3,206
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added

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11,741 3,294
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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7,196 12,155
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,480 3,930
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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10,706 4,777
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,749 4,227
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,307 4,360
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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9,213 5,803
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,748 4,443
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added

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7,551 4,880
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,247 5,754
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,256 4,324
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,318 4,633
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,479 3,178
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,162 7,117
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Disease carriers