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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35,427 10,591
Great white shark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,952 8,634
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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26,764 12,039
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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30,475 8,819
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,286 12,504
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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25,585 11,033
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added

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19,603 16,778
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,432 12,058
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,300 10,165
Spider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,183 7,921
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,960 18,151
Lion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,661 10,497
Snake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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22,212 7,614
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,766 14,830
Gray Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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21,564 6,854
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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13,076 15,549
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,513 5,923
Goblin shark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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13,811 14,075
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,176 12,951
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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19,361 6,985
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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20,787 5,562
Japanese giant hornet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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11,821 11,402
Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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13,301 9,996
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added

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9,871 16,500
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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15,401 5,912
Giant Kidney Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
TanyaDeAngelis added Giant Kidney Worm

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11,745 10,651
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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10,566 12,463
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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14,071 6,711
Portuguese Man o' War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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16,299 3,784
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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14,796 4,658
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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14,705 3,240
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added

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13,347 5,249
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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16,120 3,583
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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10,702 5,054
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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10,398 4,936
Earwig is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Ear Wig

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12,475 3,233
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added

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11,780 3,321
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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7,233 12,188
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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9,508 3,964
Gharial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added

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10,745 4,800
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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8,787 4,251
Ascaris Worm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ascaris Worm

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7,337 4,400
Maggot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MoriMori added Maggot

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9,242 5,836
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added

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8,778 4,471
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added

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7,574 4,906
Candirú is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
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8,269 5,785
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,297 4,343
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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8,343 4,659
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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7,509 3,199
African Rock Python is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
African Rock Python

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5,174 7,160
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Disease carriers