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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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3,834 1,363
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,940 909
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,470 1,276
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,157 1,558
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,695 1,321
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,597 1,687
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,581 1,554
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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2,731 884
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,437 1,385
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,626 1,631
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,848 797
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,239 1,400
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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2,653 1,821
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,977 1,801
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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2,333 1,614
Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,412 805
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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1,959 1,628
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,122 718
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,945 1,619
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,346 699
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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2,880 1,361
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

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1,388 963
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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1,352 1,345
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,457 1,106
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,956 788
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

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1,341 712
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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1,373 693
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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1,484 1,463
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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1,122 1,576
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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1,379 787
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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1,182 526
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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1,148 419
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Copperhead

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864 423
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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1,643 548
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 35 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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915 502
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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1,287 699
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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1,033 715
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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876 477
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,068 837
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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775 330
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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577 393
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

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323 111
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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630 1,520
Rat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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685 1,045
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

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755 658
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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703 464
Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Kodiak Bear

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624 443
Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MatthewGill added Jaguar

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662 490
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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695 519
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly