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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32,545 9,757
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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28,401 7,863
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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24,621 11,014
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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27,893 8,139
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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23,496 11,557
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,216 15,494
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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23,644 10,224
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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19,711 11,149
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,942 16,701
Lion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,510 9,373
Spider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,391 7,252
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,077 9,649
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,502 7,052
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,793 6,349
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,795 13,631
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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12,177 14,315
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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12,832 12,947
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,864 5,424
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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13,109 12,016
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,874 6,485
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,262 5,209
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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10,850 10,571
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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12,173 9,302
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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9,307 15,292
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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10,906 9,869
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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9,837 11,561
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,115 5,512
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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12,974 6,274
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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15,091 3,521
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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13,653 4,351
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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13,519 3,006
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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12,370 4,874
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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14,948 3,345
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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9,795 4,691
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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9,505 4,549
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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6,886 11,392
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,455 2,976
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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10,857 3,075
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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8,708 3,678
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

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9,963 4,503
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,610 5,407
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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8,053 3,953
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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8,106 4,140
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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6,620 4,040
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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7,092 4,589
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

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7,759 4,059
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,762 5,446
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,833 4,372
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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6,982 2,951
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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3,456 8,224
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat