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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35,932 10,743
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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27,151 12,186
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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31,422 8,748
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,899 8,969
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,608 12,671
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,890 11,208
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,886 16,978
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,708 12,232
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,600 10,332
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,171 18,373
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,512 8,027
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,934 10,653
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,519 7,722
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,952 15,037
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,901 6,927
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,279 15,733
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,995 14,260
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,785 6,035
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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14,362 13,113
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,621 7,077
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,060 5,619
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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11,963 11,577
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,492 10,127
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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10,011 16,676
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added

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10,724 12,594
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World