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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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3,885 1,394
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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4,000 936
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,522 1,298
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,214 1,580
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,774 1,336
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,639 1,722
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,636 1,587
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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2,775 899
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,469 1,411
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,670 1,649
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,901 812
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,286 1,422
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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2,697 1,843
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,461 814
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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2,364 1,635
Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,002 1,832
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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1,997 1,647
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,166 734
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,982 1,636
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,397 709
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Japanese giant hornet

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2,938 1,380
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

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1,416 986
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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1,380 1,368
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,482 1,129
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,000 798
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

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1,377 729
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

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1,411 700
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

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1,516 1,477
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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1,146 1,606
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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1,417 798
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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1,214 538
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

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1,180 431
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Copperhead

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898 436
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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1,678 558
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
shannon devra ropp added Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

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950 512
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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1,320 706
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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1,057 729
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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899 491
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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806 341
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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1,092 852
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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358 117
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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598 408
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

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639 1,548
Rat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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774 671
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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700 1,067
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

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724 478
Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Kodiak Bear

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643 458
Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MatthewGill added Jaguar

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682 501
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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719 530
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly