popular opinion 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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Crocodile 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Cobra 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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

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Grizzly Bear 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Grizzly Bear

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Black Widow Spider 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Lion 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Pirahna 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Tiger 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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

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Scorpion 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Scorpion

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

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Wolf 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf

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Spider 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Spider

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Hippo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Hippo

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Snake 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Snake

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Deadly Hornets 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Deadly Hornets

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

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

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

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Japanese giant hornet 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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MAN! 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
MAN!

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Gorilla 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Megalodon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Mountain Lion 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Mountain Lion

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Goblin Shark 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Goblin Shark

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Portuguese Man o' War 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Polar Bear 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Polar Bear

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Centipede 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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

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Giant Kidney Worm 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Giant Kidney Worm

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Saber Tooth Viper Fish 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Saber Tooth Viper Fish

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Copperhead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Copperhead

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

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Camel Spider 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Camel Spider These things scare the crap outta me!

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Tapeworm 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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

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

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Wasp 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Rat 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Rat

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Funnel Web Spiders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Wolverine 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Leopards in the Wild 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Kodiak Bear 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Jaguar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World

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Honey Badger 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Honey Badger

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Deep Sea Hatchetfish 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Deep Sea Hatchetfish

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Ear Wig 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Ear Wig

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Wolf Fish 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Animals in the World
Wolf Fish

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