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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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3,968 1,416
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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4,091 956
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,591 1,322
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,278 1,615
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,864 1,359
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,681 1,774
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,713 1,622
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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2,833 920
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,514 1,450
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,723 1,678
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,981 824
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,333 1,458
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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2,764 1,870
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,523 835
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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2,404 1,665
Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,039 1,870
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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2,044 1,673
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,222 753
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,027 1,661
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,464 722
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

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2,989 1,416
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

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1,442 1,019
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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1,415 1,393
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,519 1,157
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,051 813
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

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1,426 746
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

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1,453 713
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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1,548 1,501
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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1,174 1,637
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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1,456 818
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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1,255 551
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

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934 447
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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1,724 567
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!

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983 526
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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1,350 718
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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1,086 744
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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935 501
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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399 121
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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842 351
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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1,119 867
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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616 428
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

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799 686
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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720 1,087
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

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747 493
Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Kodiak Bear

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650 1,576
Rat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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704 510
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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750 536
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly

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656 474
Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MatthewGill added Jaguar

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750 683
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig