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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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1
7,115 1,846
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
5,586 1,291
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
4,833 1,753
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
5,106 1,979
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
4,283 2,242
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
5,263 1,722
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
3,453 2,554
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

8
3,795 2,214
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

9
3,901 1,239
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
3,620 2,135
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
3,194 2,099
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
4,044 1,165
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
3,059 2,116
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

14
3,661 2,314
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15
3,248 2,107
Snake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

16
3,508 1,127
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

17
2,663 2,491
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

18
2,784 2,189
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

19
3,148 1,076
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
2,699 2,183
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
3,412 980
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

12 Animals That Definitely Lift

22
1,975 1,860
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

23
3,755 1,916
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

24
1,981 1,484
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

25
2,832 1,127
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

26
2,135 1,059
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

27
2,104 981
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

28
1,971 1,654
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

The 7 Craziest Real-Life Monster Attacks

29
2,041 1,942
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

30
1,584 2,137
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

31
2,062 1,117
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

32
1,934 769
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

33
1,061 238
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

34
1,560 688
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

35
1,621 756
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

28 Creepy Photos Inspired by Children's Nightmares

36
2,411 729
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

37
1,854 940
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

38
1,406 500
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

39
425 146
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

40
1,392 748
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

41
1,469 1,052
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

42
1,497 1,155
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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43
1,179 941
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

44
995 1,489
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

45
830 2,046
Rat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

46
945 729
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

47
763 121
Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider

48
1,151 771
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly

49
1,248 679
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

50
1,101 923
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig