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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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3,794 1,349
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,889 902
Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,428 1,261
Cobra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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3,123 1,536
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

6
3,647 1,308
Black Widow Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

7
2,578 1,654
Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

8
2,546 1,528
Pirahna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JaredDeMarino added Pirahna

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2,422 1,360
Tiger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

10
2,698 874
Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,597 1,619
Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,811 791
Bull shark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,218 1,379
Hippopotamus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dismalhead added Hippo

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2,624 1,808
Spider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,961 1,779
Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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2,385 790
Hornet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Dani Porter added Deadly Hornets

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2,303 1,604
Snake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,940 1,614
Komodo dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,098 709
Tiger Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,931 1,602
Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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2,321 689
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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2,855 1,340
MAN! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MichaelRoustaboutSteer added MAN!

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1,377 944
Cougar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Mountain Lion

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1,337 1,327
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,444 1,097
Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,932 776
Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JordanA.Curlew added Megalodon

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1,322 702
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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1,360 684
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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1,467 1,452
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rongo added Centipede

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1,107 1,562
Bee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bee

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1,365 779
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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1,162 519
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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1,130 411
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Copperhead

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849 414
Green Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Green Anaconda

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1,624 543
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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902 496
Tapeworm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
nathanielenglish7 added Tapeworm

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1,276 692
Irukandji Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Irukandji Jellyfish

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1,022 702
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
zxray added Wolverine

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863 469
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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1,057 825
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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759 324
Funnel Web Spiders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Funnel-Web Spider

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566 381
Leopard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Darklord Ayush added Leopard

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306 107
Brazilian wandering spider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
JoeMitchell added Brazilian wandering spider

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624 1,499
Rat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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672 1,029
Mosquito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
analise.dubner added Mosquito Disease carriers

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741 649
Sternoptychidae is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
keepsmiling.carson1 added Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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687 453
Kodiak Bear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
StephenL added Kodiak Bear

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614 432
Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MatthewGill added Jaguar

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650 481
Moray eel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MelindaJanuary added Moray Eel

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683 509
Botfly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Bot Fly