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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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23,358 10,366
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,918 7,380
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,368 7,689
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,306 10,901
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,283 14,638
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,376 9,634
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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18,560 10,502
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,328 15,778
Lion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,454 8,863
Spider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,276 6,818
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,140 9,048
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,394 6,634
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,692 5,972
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,162 12,844
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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11,549 13,528
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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12,172 12,199
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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16,807 5,065
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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12,429 11,345
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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16,896 6,135
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,187 4,913
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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10,268 9,934
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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8,906 14,494
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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11,438 8,808
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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9,325 10,904
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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10,319 9,311
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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13,289 5,206
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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12,247 5,954
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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14,240 3,304
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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12,846 4,106
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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12,679 2,823
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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11,675 4,588
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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14,102 3,161
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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9,194 4,407
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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6,620 10,813
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,920 4,263
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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10,791 2,803
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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10,203 2,886
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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8,147 3,446
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

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9,431 4,265
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,139 5,083
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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7,534 3,715
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,621 3,886
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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6,685 4,306
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

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6,124 3,775
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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7,345 5,145
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,291 3,814
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,468 4,138
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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6,583 2,766
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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3,263 7,795
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat