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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36,235 10,856
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
31,704 8,832
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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27,367 12,309
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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31,174 9,055
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,816 12,787
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,069 17,119
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,099 11,321
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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21,905 12,335
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,803 10,430
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,281 18,539
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,714 8,101
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,098 10,753
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,718 7,783
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,050 15,183
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,098 6,990
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,385 15,870
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,103 14,389
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,956 6,109
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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14,484 13,215
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,787 7,137
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,220 5,660
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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12,063 11,675
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,623 10,197
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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10,085 16,794
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added

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15,777 6,025
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm