Weird Nature 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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Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,299 8,405
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,214 11,761
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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29,818 8,631
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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24,833 12,246
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,133 10,776
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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19,219 16,456
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,038 11,785
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,850 9,941
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,737 7,723
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,676 17,801
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,269 10,259
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,785 7,452
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,121 6,703
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,505 14,551
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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12,809 15,274
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,604 13,766
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,127 5,772
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,926 12,721
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,023 6,846
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,409 5,475
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,594 11,181
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,044 9,802
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,723 16,209
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,100 5,790
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,531 10,471
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,369 12,257
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,805 6,598
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,021 3,703
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,535 4,564
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,418 3,182
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,128 5,143
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,842 3,520
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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10,507 4,939
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,201 4,821
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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12,233 3,157
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,144 12,004
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,584 3,245
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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9,348 3,876
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,572 4,728
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,626 4,176
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,113 5,727
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,188 4,299
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,643 4,381
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,475 4,826
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,162 5,698
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,170 4,282
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,228 4,590
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,394 3,140
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,097 7,041
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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