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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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5,712 1,314
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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4,057 1,460
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
4,206 983
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,686 1,357
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,358 1,667
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,971 1,387
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,738 1,838
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

8
2,804 1,660
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

9
2,910 957
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
2,576 1,504
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,805 1,712
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,061 857
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,389 1,515
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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2,833 1,914
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,610 847
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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2,455 1,712
Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,083 1,931
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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2,107 1,709
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,289 785
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,084 1,699
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,550 735
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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3,074 1,467
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

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1,486 1,064
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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1,461 1,434
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,119 838
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

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1,566 1,203
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,484 777
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

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1,515 736
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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1,598 1,532
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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1,214 1,676
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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1,516 836
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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1,312 568
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

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980 471
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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1,791 582
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 34 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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1,039 541
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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1,401 731
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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452 134
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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974 524
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,119 778
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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891 366
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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1,161 890
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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643 462
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

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837 707
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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753 1,118
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

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670 1,617
Rat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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780 520
Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Kodiak Bear

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796 554
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly

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739 533
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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787 704
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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887 529
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish