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

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31,172 8,677
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,937 12,099
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,649 8,904
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,443 12,576
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,711 11,134
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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19,754 16,852
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,532 12,162
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,427 10,259
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,071 18,241
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,330 7,977
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,783 10,575
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,347 7,667
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,858 14,915
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,709 6,898
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,177 15,621
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,899 14,146
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,615 5,984
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,261 13,021
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,469 7,030
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,912 5,588
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,872 11,494
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,377 10,065
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,950 16,571
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,655 12,511
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,821 10,704
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,495 5,956
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,171 6,738
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,383 3,813
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,879 4,688
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,800 3,255
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,420 5,278
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,212 3,601
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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10,760 5,084
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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10,459 4,970
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,547 3,252
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,271 12,234
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,842 3,343
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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9,555 3,988
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,797 4,820
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,836 4,274
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,278 5,869
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,373 4,442
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,813 4,502
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,607 4,927
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,301 5,816
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,338 4,366
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,384 4,679
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,540 3,223
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,202 7,194
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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