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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36,318 10,888
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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31,780 8,852
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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27,433 12,336
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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31,244 9,083
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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25,867 12,815
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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20,109 17,158
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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26,152 11,345
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added
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21,958 12,358
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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21,850 10,456
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,309 18,580
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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22,763 8,123
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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20,139 10,783
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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22,772 7,799
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,082 15,219
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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22,157 7,000
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets
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13,419 15,903
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,125 14,430
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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20,001 6,129
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added
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14,527 13,237
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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19,831 7,152
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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21,265 5,672
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added
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12,092 11,699
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,650 10,222
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added
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10,109 16,827
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added
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15,817 6,034
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm