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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30,223 8,379
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,152 11,730
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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29,748 8,608
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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24,771 12,223
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,074 10,751
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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19,169 16,419
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,981 11,761
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,798 9,914
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,687 7,698
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,639 17,760
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,226 10,229
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,731 7,435
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,071 6,688
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,471 14,518
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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12,782 15,238
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,575 13,732
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,075 5,757
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,897 12,688
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,977 6,830
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,360 5,464
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,566 11,153
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,015 9,776
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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9,697 16,183
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,065 5,773
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,509 10,448
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,345 12,236
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,781 6,581
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,987 3,693
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,503 4,552
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,382 3,172
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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13,103 5,131
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,810 3,509
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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10,484 4,924
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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10,171 4,809
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 3,147
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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7,129 11,985
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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11,556 3,238
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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9,325 3,869
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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10,548 4,721
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,605 4,166
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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9,093 5,715
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 4,817
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,148 5,685
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,159 4,270
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,216 4,579
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,379 3,133
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 7,031
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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