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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36,223 10,849
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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31,695 8,824
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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27,360 12,300
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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31,161 9,050
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,807 12,780
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,061 17,109
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,090 11,314
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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21,894 12,331
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,791 10,424
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,275 18,530
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,705 8,098
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,092 10,747
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,709 7,779
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,047 15,172
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,088 6,988
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,380 15,862
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,097 14,381
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,947 6,105
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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14,479 13,208
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,778 7,134
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,207 5,659
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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12,060 11,666
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,613 10,192
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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10,078 16,788
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added

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15,765 6,024
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm