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

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30,215 8,375
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,147 11,725
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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29,741 8,605
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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24,764 12,219
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,068 10,748
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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19,166 16,413
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,977 11,757
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,791 9,913
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,683 7,695
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,635 17,757
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,222 10,226
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,726 7,433
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,068 6,685
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,468 14,514
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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12,779 15,235
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,572 13,729
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,069 5,755
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,895 12,685
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,973 6,828
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,359 5,461
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,566 11,149
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,013 9,773
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,695 16,180
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,063 5,770
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,508 10,445
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,345 12,232
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,779 6,579
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,984 3,691
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,502 4,549
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,382 3,169
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,103 5,129
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,808 3,508
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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10,483 4,923
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,171 4,808
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,202 3,146
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,127 11,985
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,554 3,237
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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9,323 3,868
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,548 4,720
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,605 4,165
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,092 5,714
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,170 4,283
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,625 4,370
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,463 4,816
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,148 5,684
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,159 4,269
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,215 4,578
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,379 3,132
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,084 7,029
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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