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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33,184 9,928
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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28,946 8,012
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,063 11,204
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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28,444 8,264
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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23,886 11,768
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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24,063 10,410
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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18,511 15,773
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,101 11,345
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,906 9,527
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,135 17,017
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,772 7,378
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,388 9,836
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,887 7,164
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,183 6,458
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,992 13,902
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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12,364 14,588
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,053 13,194
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,221 5,543
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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13,342 12,218
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,201 6,597
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,611 5,295
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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11,044 10,777
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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12,420 9,462
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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9,441 15,564
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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10,002 11,763
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,093 10,052
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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14,391 5,609
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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13,217 6,375
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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15,371 3,592
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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13,920 4,432
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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13,795 3,067
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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12,589 4,974
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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15,226 3,411
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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9,995 4,784
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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9,703 4,645
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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11,678 3,038
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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6,969 11,575
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,061 3,144
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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8,878 3,761
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

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10,141 4,582
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,759 5,511
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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8,207 4,037
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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6,780 4,135
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,255 4,233
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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7,204 4,680
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

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7,888 5,533
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,893 4,141
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,100 3,021
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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7,937 4,461
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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4,892 6,816
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers