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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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32,552 9,757
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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28,405 7,865
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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24,624 11,017
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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27,896 8,141
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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23,500 11,558
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,221 15,494
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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23,647 10,226
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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19,714 11,151
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,946 16,703
Lion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,514 9,375
Spider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,395 7,253
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,080 9,651
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,507 7,053
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,796 6,351
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,799 13,633
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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12,182 14,315
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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12,835 12,948
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,865 5,426
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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13,111 12,017
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,877 6,485
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,263 5,211
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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10,852 10,573
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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12,174 9,304
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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9,310 15,293
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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10,909 9,870
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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9,840 11,562
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,116 5,514
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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12,976 6,275
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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15,093 3,522
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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13,654 4,353
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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13,520 3,008
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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12,372 4,875
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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14,948 3,348
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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9,796 4,693
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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9,506 4,551
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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6,889 11,392
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,456 2,978
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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10,859 3,076
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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8,709 3,679
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

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9,964 4,504
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,611 5,408
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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8,053 3,955
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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8,106 4,142
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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6,620 4,042
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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7,092 4,591
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

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7,760 4,060
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,762 5,448
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,834 4,373
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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6,983 2,952
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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3,456 8,227
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat