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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31,064 8,659
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,849 12,073
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,550 8,865
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,360 12,540
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,641 11,092
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,682 16,812
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,476 12,116
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,354 10,218
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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15,022 18,189
Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,257 7,951
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,720 10,539
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,270 7,645
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,813 14,871
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,628 6,879
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,133 15,578
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,856 14,112
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,559 5,952
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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14,211 12,986
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,408 7,008
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,842 5,577
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,842 11,448
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,335 10,028
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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9,909 16,525
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,613 12,474
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,780 10,670
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,437 5,935
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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14,120 6,719
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,336 3,794
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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14,828 4,676
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added

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14,749 3,247
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added

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13,384 5,260
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,161 3,592
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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10,732 5,068
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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10,426 4,956
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,511 3,242
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added

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11,810 3,333
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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7,252 12,208
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,534 3,974
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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10,771 4,812
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,807 4,267
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,261 5,851
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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7,350 4,425
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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8,791 4,489
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added

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7,587 4,921
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,314 4,356
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,278 5,804
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,362 4,669
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,524 3,212
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,183 7,180
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Disease carriers