Weird Nature 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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Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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23,306 10,345
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,865 7,367
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,311 7,675
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,261 10,879
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,242 14,611
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,333 9,613
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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18,515 10,482
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,305 15,747
Lion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,239 6,803
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,415 8,845
Spider is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,106 9,028
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,355 6,618
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,654 5,959
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,135 12,822
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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11,528 13,501
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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12,144 12,176
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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16,768 5,056
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

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12,405 11,317
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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16,858 6,126
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,143 4,906
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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10,243 9,918
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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8,895 14,466
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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11,410 8,794
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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9,312 10,876
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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10,300 9,291
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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13,255 5,201
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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12,219 5,945
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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14,209 3,298
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

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12,821 4,094
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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12,646 2,818
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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11,651 4,574
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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14,069 3,156
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 33 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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9,169 4,397
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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6,612 10,787
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,894 4,252
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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10,765 2,794
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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10,176 2,879
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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8,125 3,435
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

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9,410 4,253
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,116 5,071
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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7,509 3,708
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,599 3,877
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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6,665 4,297
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

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6,105 3,764
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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7,331 5,131
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,273 3,804
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,455 4,128
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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6,569 2,756
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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3,255 7,778
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat