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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35,121 10,481
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,685 8,534
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,537 11,924
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,213 8,726
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,075 12,404
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,419 10,889
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,398 16,667
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,279 11,922
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,125 10,045
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,982 7,837
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,815 18,016
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,502 10,378
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,018 7,540
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,638 14,708
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,366 6,787
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,939 15,449
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,358 5,836
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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13,723 13,940
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,067 12,851
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,211 6,921
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,612 5,521
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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11,740 11,287
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,198 9,895
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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9,791 16,390
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added

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15,278 5,844
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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11,641 10,584
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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10,470 12,382
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,945 6,663
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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16,189 3,740
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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14,686 4,614
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added

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14,584 3,210
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added

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13,254 5,199
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added

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16,000 3,549
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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10,628 4,994
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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10,322 4,870
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,373 3,194
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added

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11,705 3,279
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

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7,182 12,121
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,450 3,918
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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10,676 4,764
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,720 4,213
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,278 4,343
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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9,188 5,787
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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8,721 4,429
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added

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7,530 4,868
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added

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8,224 5,741
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,234 4,314
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,293 4,623
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,457 3,169
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,149 7,091
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Disease carriers