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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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8,864 2,534
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
7,278 1,710
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
6,261 2,367
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
6,436 2,598
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
5,417 3,005
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
6,910 2,134
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
4,317 3,496
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

8
5,098 2,879
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

9
5,059 1,610
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
4,551 2,719
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
3,912 2,854
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
5,197 1,536
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
4,681 2,805
Spider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

14
4,205 2,586
Snake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15
3,728 2,933
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

16
3,402 3,150
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

17
4,591 1,467
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

18
3,558 2,804
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

19
3,526 2,701
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
4,176 1,419
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
4,516 1,246
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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22
2,489 2,499
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

23
2,559 2,025
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

24
2,976 1,377
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

25
3,790 1,407
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

26
2,914 1,261
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

27
2,409 2,223
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

28
2,561 2,461
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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2,024 2,711
Bee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

30
2,757 1,457
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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2,743 964
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

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1,896 391
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

33
2,268 939
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

34
2,326 1,037
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

35
3,129 880
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 35 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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2,111 632
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

37
989 383
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

38
2,391 1,172
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

39
1,900 997
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

40
1,913 1,351
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

41
1,610 1,212
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

42
1,903 1,460
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,431 229
Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider

44
1,777 864
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

45
1,265 1,947
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

46
993 2,612
Rat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

47
1,550 1,020
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly

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1,495 1,233
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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886 419
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

50
1,680 1,148
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm