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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36,001 10,769
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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27,203 12,216
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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31,487 8,767
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,961 8,987
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,657 12,701
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,943 11,231
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,926 17,012
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,756 12,252
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,643 10,354
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,562 8,042
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,193 18,415
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,981 10,670
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,569 7,733
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,986 15,061
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,950 6,942
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,308 15,761
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,023 14,289
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,835 6,045
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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14,398 13,132
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,666 7,086
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,097 5,629
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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11,989 11,597
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,525 10,141
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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10,031 16,699
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added

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10,744 12,612
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World