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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26,971 7,404
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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23,404 10,398
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,430 7,711
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,352 10,934
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,315 14,678
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,428 9,657
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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18,603 10,532
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,351 15,817
Lion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,496 8,885
Spider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,317 6,838
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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17,174 9,074
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,438 6,654
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,729 5,994
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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12,192 12,874
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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11,572 13,562
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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12,198 12,230
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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16,848 5,081
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Goblin Shark

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12,451 11,376
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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16,933 6,154
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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18,227 4,928
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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10,289 9,962
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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8,921 14,526
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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11,457 8,835
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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9,342 10,932
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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10,341 9,333
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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13,317 5,225
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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14,274 3,315
Saber Tooth Viper Fish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Saber Tooth Viper Fish

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12,270 5,977
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Portuguese Man o' War

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12,878 4,120
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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12,716 2,834
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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11,704 4,605
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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14,139 3,171
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!

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9,222 4,419
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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6,633 10,834
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,940 4,276
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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10,817 2,811
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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10,225 2,897
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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8,166 3,459
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Gharial

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9,450 4,276
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,156 5,098
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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7,551 3,727
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,638 3,895
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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6,699 4,317
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
wiabux added Candirú

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6,141 3,784
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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7,361 5,155
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,305 3,825
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,478 4,148
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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6,596 2,776
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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3,267 7,814
Rat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat