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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35,645 10,662
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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31,164 8,677
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,930 12,099
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,642 8,902
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,438 12,574
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,709 11,130
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,746 16,852
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,528 12,159
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,422 10,256
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,067 18,239
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,324 7,977
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,778 10,574
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,342 7,666
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,855 14,911
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,703 6,896
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,168 15,621
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,894 14,146
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,611 5,983
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,258 13,018
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,464 7,030
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,906 5,588
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,872 11,490
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,375 10,062
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,947 16,569
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,652 12,508
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,816 10,703
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,494 5,952
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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14,169 6,736
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,378 3,812
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,874 4,688
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,796 3,255
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,416 5,278
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,208 3,601
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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10,760 5,081
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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10,457 4,968
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,545 3,250
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,266 12,234
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,840 3,342
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

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9,553 3,987
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,795 4,819
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,833 4,274
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,276 5,868
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,372 4,441
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,811 4,501
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,606 4,925
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,300 5,814
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,335 4,366
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,382 4,679
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,538 3,223
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,201 7,193
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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