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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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4,062 1,461
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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4,209 986
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,691 1,358
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,360 1,670
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,976 1,387
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,742 1,840
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,807 1,662
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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2,915 957
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,580 1,507
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,811 1,712
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,066 857
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,393 1,518
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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2,838 1,915
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,614 849
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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2,459 1,713
Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,085 1,935
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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2,109 1,713
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,294 786
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,087 1,701
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,556 736
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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3,076 1,469
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

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1,489 1,064
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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1,463 1,436
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,120 839
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

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1,567 1,204
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,486 777
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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1,517 736
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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1,599 1,533
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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1,216 1,677
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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1,516 837
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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1,313 568
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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982 471
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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1,792 582
Solifugae is listed (or ranked) 34 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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1,040 542
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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1,402 731
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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453 134
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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975 524
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,122 778
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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893 366
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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1,163 890
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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644 462
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

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837 707
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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755 1,119
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

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670 1,617
Rat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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780 520
Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Kodiak Bear

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797 554
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly

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739 533
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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787 705
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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887 529
Wolf Fish is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Wolf Fish