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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26,648 11,980
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,800 8,589
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,352 8,758
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,188 12,447
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,526 10,937
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,487 16,727
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,378 11,968
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,225 10,086
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,082 7,874
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,876 18,094
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,587 10,426
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,117 7,576
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,706 14,768
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,469 6,815
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,003 15,507
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,456 5,863
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,766 14,006
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,120 12,899
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,290 6,948
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,695 5,535
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,793 11,332
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,263 9,932
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,824 16,453
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,345 5,869
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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10,517 12,422
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,685 10,624
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,003 6,686
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,251 3,754
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,746 4,627
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,644 3,222
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,304 5,219
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,061 3,561
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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10,672 5,015
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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10,365 4,893
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,418 3,209
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,745 3,295
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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7,197 12,160
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,483 3,933
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,709 4,779
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,752 4,229
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,312 4,362
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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9,214 5,807
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,752 4,444
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,554 4,883
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,250 5,756
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,258 4,327
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,319 4,636
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,482 3,179
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,164 7,120
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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