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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30,882 8,617
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,711 12,014
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,422 8,792
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,241 12,476
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,560 10,988
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,548 16,757
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,407 12,015
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,271 10,125
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,134 7,899
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,917 18,129
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,629 10,461
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,175 7,592
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,738 14,802
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,519 6,836
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,039 15,528
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,487 5,897
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,790 14,039
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,148 12,928
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,333 6,965
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,746 5,551
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,805 11,372
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,280 9,971
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,852 16,478
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,375 5,896
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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11,716 10,638
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,543 12,444
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,042 6,702
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,277 3,770
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,773 4,645
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,678 3,234
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,326 5,237
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,096 3,573
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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10,689 5,036
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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10,380 4,919
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,453 3,222
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,765 3,310
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

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7,220 12,175
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,497 3,952
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,731 4,792
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,771 4,243
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,234 5,822
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,322 4,388
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,766 4,461
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,567 4,896
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,259 5,778
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,280 4,339
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,335 4,652
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,502 3,191
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,169 7,147
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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