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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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30,596 9,072
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

2
23,128 10,250
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

3
26,670 7,294
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

4
26,099 7,605
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

5
22,093 10,786
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
17,104 14,493
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
22,141 9,542
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

8
18,351 10,392
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

9
13,224 15,613
Lion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
19,086 6,739
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

11
18,268 8,772
Spider is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

12
16,969 8,950
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

13
19,194 6,568
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

14
18,494 5,917
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

Famous People with Stupid Tattoos

15
12,049 12,707
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

16
11,445 13,383
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

17
12,045 12,078
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

18
16,619 5,008
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

19
12,305 11,226
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

20
16,727 6,077
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

21
17,996 4,868
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

The Scariest Movies Ever Made

22
10,154 9,835
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

23
8,843 14,347
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

24
11,313 8,720
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

25
9,237 10,780
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

26
10,217 9,208
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

27
13,147 5,143
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

28
12,124 5,886
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

71 Vintage Halloween Costumes That Will Give You Nightmares

29
14,088 3,257
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

30
12,702 4,052
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

31
12,528 2,780
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

32
11,555 4,520
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

33
13,952 3,120
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!

34
9,068 4,360
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

35
6,566 10,705
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

36
8,808 4,211
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

37
10,672 2,766
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

38
10,081 2,850
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish

39
8,042 3,402
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

40
9,327 4,219
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

41
8,046 5,024
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

42
7,433 3,672
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

The Funniest Two-Line Jokes Ever

43
7,529 3,843
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

44
6,605 4,259
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

45
6,033 3,730
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

46
7,215 3,766
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

47
7,266 5,096
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

48
6,526 2,720
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

49
7,407 4,096
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

50
3,223 7,730
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat