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

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31,056 8,658
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,842 12,070
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,545 8,862
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,353 12,537
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,636 11,087
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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19,674 16,810
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,469 12,112
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,347 10,213
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,014 18,187
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,248 7,949
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,712 10,535
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,261 7,642
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,807 14,868
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,621 6,876
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,127 15,576
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,853 14,108
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,551 5,950
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,208 12,982
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,401 7,006
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,835 5,575
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,841 11,441
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,330 10,025
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,902 16,525
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,605 12,474
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,775 10,669
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,431 5,932
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,113 6,718
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,330 3,794
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,822 4,674
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,742 3,246
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,381 5,257
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,153 3,592
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added These things scare the crap outta me!

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10,726 5,068
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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10,421 4,955
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,505 3,242
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,251 12,206
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,803 3,333
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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9,531 3,974
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,768 4,811
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,805 4,265
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,259 5,850
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,348 4,423
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,788 4,488
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,585 4,919
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,276 5,802
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,311 4,356
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,357 4,669
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,523 3,211
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,180 7,179
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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