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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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1
7,025 1,812
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
5,497 1,268
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
4,755 1,720
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
5,032 1,947
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
4,218 2,204
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
5,176 1,701
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
3,402 2,506
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

8
3,720 2,188
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

9
3,838 1,220
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
3,561 2,114
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
3,152 2,064
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
3,978 1,149
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
3,017 2,077
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

14
3,607 2,288
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13 Real Things Straight Out Of Horror Movies

15
3,192 2,083
Snake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

16
3,442 1,116
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

17
2,624 2,458
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

18
2,739 2,162
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

19
3,093 1,058
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
2,654 2,158
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
3,346 971
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

22
3,713 1,886
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

23
1,939 1,836
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

24
1,945 1,464
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

25
2,779 1,112
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

26
2,088 1,047
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

27
2,066 967
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

28
1,942 1,630
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

The 10 Strangest, Most Terrifying Creatures Ever Found

29
2,013 1,915
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

30
1,558 2,110
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

31
2,021 1,103
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

32
1,892 761
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

33
1,015 232
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

34
1,520 679
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

35
1,586 744
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

Infuriating Images That Will Trigger You

36
2,370 723
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

37
1,821 933
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

38
1,373 494
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

39
395 138
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

40
1,368 737
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

41
1,451 1,037
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

42
1,477 1,143
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

60+ of Your Greatest Childhood Fears

43
1,163 924
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

44
982 1,468
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

45
928 715
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

46
818 2,023
Rat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

47
1,129 759
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly

48
732 120
Brown recluse spider is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Natália Becher added Reclusive Brown Spider

49
1,227 673
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

50
1,080 912
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig