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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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1
7,075 1,829
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
4,799 1,734
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
5,546 1,277
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
5,072 1,960
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
4,252 2,222
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
5,226 1,709
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
3,434 2,525
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

8
3,762 2,200
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

9
3,874 1,229
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
3,595 2,123
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
3,177 2,079
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
4,012 1,156
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
3,038 2,098
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

14
3,637 2,300
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15
3,224 2,095
Snake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

16
3,480 1,121
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

17
2,649 2,473
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

18
2,766 2,174
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

19
3,123 1,066
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
2,679 2,170
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
3,385 974
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

12 Animals That Definitely Lift

22
1,960 1,846
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

23
3,737 1,904
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

24
1,967 1,472
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

25
2,808 1,120
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

26
2,113 1,055
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

27
1,957 1,642
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

28
2,084 977
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

The 7 Craziest Real-Life Monster Attacks

29
2,030 1,928
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

30
1,574 2,122
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

31
2,043 1,111
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

32
1,914 766
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

33
1,040 235
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

34
1,540 685
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

35
1,607 749
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

28 Creepy Photos Inspired by Children's Nightmares

36
2,393 726
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

37
1,839 936
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

38
1,393 495
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

39
412 142
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

40
1,382 742
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

41
1,462 1,045
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

42
1,491 1,150
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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43
1,173 934
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

44
991 1,481
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

45
825 2,038
Rat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

46
940 722
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

47
750 121
Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider

48
1,142 768
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly

49
1,239 677
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

50
1,093 919
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig