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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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12,690 3,635
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
9,315 3,551
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
10,802 2,522
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
9,270 3,909
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
10,343 3,004
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
7,596 4,872
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
8,165 3,983
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

8
6,203 5,603
Lion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

9
6,768 3,851
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
7,601 2,370
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
7,078 3,792
Spider is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
6,492 3,556
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
7,734 2,327
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

14
5,376 4,633
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15
5,023 4,711
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

16
7,127 2,131
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

17
5,207 4,255
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

18
4,831 5,003
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

19
5,263 3,994
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
6,493 2,140
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
7,021 1,791
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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5,110 1,943
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

23
3,703 3,872
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

24
3,924 3,194
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

25
4,642 2,006
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

26
3,384 3,817
Bee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

27
4,002 3,460
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

28
4,499 2,080
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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4,696 1,338
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

30
3,318 3,607
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,806 744
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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4,092 1,499
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

33
3,907 1,481
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

34
4,982 1,224
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!

35
3,599 949
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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3,644 1,607
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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2,203 906
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

38
2,764 1,708
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

39
3,120 1,158
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

40
2,970 1,947
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

41
2,990 1,559
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

42
2,590 1,713
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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2,904 2,051
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

44
2,095 1,206
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

45
2,115 1,518
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

46
1,951 831
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

47
2,380 1,409
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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2,584 1,534
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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2,767 479
Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider

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1,854 2,786
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers