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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35,976 10,756
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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27,187 12,200
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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31,463 8,758
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,938 8,976
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,641 12,685
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,927 11,218
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,910 16,998
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,737 12,243
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,629 10,343
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,545 8,032
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,186 18,396
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,965 10,660
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,550 7,729
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,973 15,051
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,931 6,935
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,298 15,749
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,014 14,274
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,816 6,040
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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14,383 13,125
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,651 7,080
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,082 5,625
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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11,982 11,587
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,516 10,133
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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10,024 16,689
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added

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10,735 12,607
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World