Top 10 Scariest Animals on Earth

The Top Ten
1 Human Humans (Homo sapiens) are the most abundant and widespread species of primate, characterized by bipedalism and large, complex brains. This has enabled the development of advanced tools, culture, and language. Humans are highly social and tend to live in complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks to political states. Social interactions between humans have established a wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which bolster human society. Curiosity and the human desire to understand and influence the environment and to explain and manipulate phenomena have motivated humanity's development of science, philosophy, mythology, religion, and other fields of study. ...read more.

We are going to be the cause of the next mass extinction according to science because we don't think of our actions and now the world might end because of us!

I get that posting here is to support an opinion, but I have to say something about this topic. People assume that other people have invented devastating weapons, caused pollution, and killed animals, so all humans are evil. Do you think you are a better person for saying all humans are evil? No, you aren't. Humans kill an animal for food, and everyone gets mad. A hippo literally rips a crocodile in half, and no one bats and eye. A lot of people are stupid enough to believe that since we have a small percentage of our population who create superweapons and own factories that cause pollution, all homo sapiens are evil. Think about how many humans are actually evil before you try to bash an entire species.

Yeah I totally agree that the scariest creatures out there are our own kind, human-beings. It's sad, but true. It's like a zombie apocalypse, everyone is trying to stay alive and keep other's safe and just like in The Walking Dead more people are afraid of the other humans rather than the zombies everywhere. Then everyone wants power and to be in charge just like The Walking Dead. We kill other animals for fun and other humans as well. And people care more about making money then other's health and would rather sell them something they know is bad for them just for money. This entire world had been screwed up by humans and I wish we just worked together instead of always going against one another.

Most scary because people decide to to bad without a justification. We have prejudices, and one of the only two species that hunt for fun (the other being cats).

2 Shark Sharks are a group of elasmobranch fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Modern sharks are classified within the clade Selachimorpha (or Selachii) and are the sister group to the rays. However, ...read more.

Sharks are actually misunderstood. They wouldn't necessarily hame you. They are very majestic and graceful creatures. They only mistake you as a seal or other prey they eat. It's only a matter of misunderstanding between humans and the sharp teethed beasts. Yes, some sharks are aggressive such as the tiger shark, bull shark, and the great white shark but that's just their instinct. Instinct: survive no matter what it takes. I used to be terrified of sharks and wouldn't take a step in the ocean but they have grown on me. Sharks attack when we go into THEIR territory. They defend themselves because they see us as an intruder.

You need to be more specific. What kind of shark are you talking about? Reef sharks and other small sharks are actually pretty cute, and guess what else? They can't hurt you! However, Great White Sharks do eat people every once in a while (about 2 each year), but it is purely accidental. You look like seals to them, and they LOVE seals. Either way, more people get struck by lightning each year than those who get eaten by sharks, and you can live through both of them, so it would be extremely painful. I think humans and the Earth's natural power are by far scarier. I can assure you right now that none of the people who have commented on 'sharks' will not get eaten or attacked in any way by a shark.

They are scary, but here is the thing the few species of shark that eat humans don't really eat us and are not really violent with us because all they are doing, I'm not saying it is okay but they bite us to see what taste we are and what animal we are! Humans kill more sharks than they kill us, we kill 1000s sharks kill less than 80 per year...

I live in California so I always go to the beach to surf and stuff. But I can never get the thought of getting attacked out of my head. I have anxiety and so sometimes up I get really worked up about it. The thought is scary. You're having fun, and at any least expecting moment the shark can all of a sudden take grab of your foot, pull your under the water and wreck your life. Just give are the creeps.

3 Spider

Sometimes I imagine what I'd do if millions of spiders the size of dogs would suddenly break in through the wall and wherever I run, they follow. They make me sick to my stomach, because I had a scary encounter with a spider when I was a little girl. I used to sleep without a shirt on and I woke up to long, thin spider legs radiating out of my belly button. I was so scared I didn't even dare to breathe too much. I tried to figure out what to do but I had no idea. Fortunately the spider didn't take long before it crawled out. I tried to offer it a corner of my blanket to make him stop crawling around on my and the second it was on the blanket I jumped up in disgust. I know spiders can crawl on you while you're asleep, but why in there? I could never sleep without a shirt on and I had horrible nightmares about spiders crawling inside my belly button and laying eggs. That was so awful.

It really depends on the kind of spider. Common house spiders can be easily dealt with, but black widow spiders' bites can cause severe muscle aches and nausea as well as death

What to do when you see a spider?

1. Scream like a girl in a Justin Bieber concert (also scary) and run in circles

2. Offer a sacrifice to the spider. Offer a grasshopper or any other less scary bug. Or a human if it's huge. And if that doesn't work...

3. Buy a Flamethrower or nuke it from orbit. Thy are the best solutions. If that doesn't work than you're already dead then.

I don't get it. What's so scary about a spider? Sure, they LOOK creepy, but a normal spider can't hurt you (unless it's a tarantula). You can also kill one by stepping on. STEPPING ON IT. Come on! They don't even get that big. If your talking about a spider that CAN KILL you, I understand. But if it's the spider you see in your garage every day, then I don't understand. At all.

4 Snake Snakes are elongated, limbless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all other squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey ...read more.

I mean, just find a ball python, garter snake or corn snake. They are small and domestic ones can learn to tolerate/enjoy being handled. While it takes a bit, if a snake is near its owner or is with them for a while, it will actually move around them/be social. They won't do that for strangers, generally might just curl up into, well, a ball. Ball python.

Snakes make great pets and yeah you don't wanna mess with an anaconda, king cobra, or boa constrictor (fun fact: boa constrictors are legal pets), unless you go chasing a 5 meter long snake that weighs 250 pounds, you should be fine.

It makes me calm down kinda when there is only 10% of snakes are venomous, but still, these creatures are not to be underestimated, if a venomous snake bites you, you better run to the hospital, and then constriction snakes, crushing bones and squeezing you to death, stay away from both of them, snakes are not meant to be underestimated.

I have always HATED snakes! Not only they bite, some are poisonous, but they are super long with a long tongue, they have fangs, they can hide anywhere, some can choke you to death, they can hang from trees, they can be found in water, they can still bite when there DEAD, and they make a creepy "sss" noise. I have always hated snakes, always will.

A predictor 30 feet long with a brain no bigger than a lemon. What could be scarier? I'm not even someone who's normally squeamish about weird-looking animals. I was always playing with bugs as a child.

5 Crocodile Crocodiles (family Crocodylidae) or true crocodiles are large semiaquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. The term crocodile is sometimes used even more loosely to include all extant members of the order Crocodilia, which includes the alligators ...read more.

They are very intelligent reptiles. Just like the shark, you go into their territory or you do something that provokes them. These large reptiles have lived for millions of years. And I'm talking like back when the dinosaurs were alive. They are very powerful and scary looking but if you respect their space and let them be, then you learn to admire them more than fear them.

They scare me every time when I go to the beach at Florida, with such a powerful bite (the strongest), this thing will never let go of you, it must be painful. Please help me, though the nice side of crocodiles, they are really caring mothers, just watching a mother caring for her babies just makes all of the scariness of a crocodile go away, except when you stop watching it.

No. Don't play dead, they'll eat you. People, don't listen to him, run straight because it's a myth to run zig zag. Also get around a tree or large boulder if you're bad at climbing.

If you get caught by an alligator in water, it pulls you under the water, flips you around, then chews you apart while drowing! I honestly think that is as bad as burning alive.

6 Scorpion

I live in Tasmania and would you believe when I came back to my old apartment, it was completely infested with little scorpions. Tasmania? what? I almost feel like someone planted them there because I have never seen scorpions in Tasmania before.

These and snakes scare me the most. Scorpions can poison you to make you have one of the worst deaths, and big snakes can crush your bones. These animals are ones of the deadliest beside mankind.

Scorpion's venom can be stronger than cyanide, but it's not very deadly because they only inject it in small doses. Also, all scorpions are venomous, but only 25 species known are able to kill a human

If I ever come face to face with one if these, I'd be doing that holy compelling hand gesture that you usually see in movies.

7 Lion The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is ...read more.

How is a spider scarier than an animal that devours animals alive when they're hungry?

Lions are very strong and I think they are the best and they are fast.

Imagine one of these charging at you. Yikes, no thanks.

Scary. Better have quick feet after messin wit him

8 Bear Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae. They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears ...read more.

Bears are the scariest creatures to me. The damage they cause, how they can come out of nowhere, how they look, how they sounds... my worst nightmare is coming face-to-face with a bear.

Bears are kind of cute. Here is a situation that has happened. You wander through woods, let's say in Canada. You spot the most adorable thing ever. It is a cub. You walk up to it with your phone to take a pic. All of the sudden, a huge 3 meter tall beast rushes out the woods and knocks you to the ground. It is a large female grizzly. You grab your bear spray but the monster knocks it out your hand and swipes it's claw through your chest. You scream for help but you are killed by the beast. The end.

This animal is THE strongest land animal in the world. It can lift a rock the height and width of a 5 foot human with one paw. Why tourists think this animal is going to be friendly and eat out of their hand just defies all logic.

Bears are the scariest and all other answers in my opinion are dumb:
1. you're a person, my dood
2. spiders are so small that they don't even pose any threat. I went camping and I counted twelve in my tent.
3. sharks only ever eat people in super specific times (which is a bit hypocritical but I am afraid of bears more because they are on land)
4.most snakes only attack when they are angered or something.
5. I once saw a T.V. show about people who hunt and kill alligators for a living and I haven't been slightly afraid since then

9 Worm

Me: ( walks into house )
Lil bro: worm!
Me: ok?
Lil bro: WORM!
Me: it's not that scary... jeez.
Me: ( comes over and sees worm )
Me: ( it looks like the worm in da picture )
Lil bro: ( cries )
Me: ( kills it )
Me: I wonder if we can move to that moon, titan anytime soon. I bet they don't have mutant worms.
Lil bro: ?

Worms? Unless talking about tape worms and leeches, they are perfectly harmless, but like most of you are saying, they are disgusting..

More specific than just worms, I feel this is so intimidating to me that just hearing about it makes me uncomfortable.

Who here's seen the Mongolian Death Worm movie?
If so, then looking at this vile thing will give you a first impression.

10 Tiger The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera. It is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on orange fur with a white underside. An apex predator, it primarily preys on ungulates such as deer and wild boar. It is territorial and generally ...read more.

Tigers are misunderstood. They try to kill you because they learned over time that we hunt them. And not for their meat, for their SKIN.

Tigers only hurt you if you try to hunt them or they think you are.. And really that's our fault for hunting tigers in the first place.

There have been very rare tiger attacks. They only attack they feel threatened or intruded.

Although they only kill 70 peeps a year, who would want to go face to face with one?

The Contenders
11 Anglerfish

It's something about the teeth. The teeth are scary.

Scary looking but harmless to humans.

12 Mosquito Spanish for "small fly," mosquitoes are insects that have been known to cause various diseases. A sample of diseases caused by mosquitoes: malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus.

Deadliest animal on the planet. Fact! More people die from mosquitos than any other animal. They are freaky and annoying and are actually one of the few animals that I just can't stand. At least they don't crunch when you squash them.

Why is everyone scared of sharks and spiders? If you cheer for a dead spider, you cheer for catching a horrible disease from an insect and dying.

Ok. I swear I'm more scared of a Mosquito than I am of a June Bug. And I have a phobia on June Bugs.

These are actually THE DEADLIEST animals on the planet! They kill millions, and I mean millions of people every year with their dieseases.

13 Viperfish A viperfish is any species of marine fish in the genus Chauliodus. Viperfish are characterized by long, needle-like teeth and hinged lower jaws. A typical viperfish grows to lengths of 30 to 60 cm.

Up close, they are really scary, same thing with the dragon fish (looks samilliar), until you see it's real size, only a few inches...

God, why did you create something so hideous yet menacing?!

They have white and black eyes. So those ugly disgusting fish are posseded by the devil.

That thing has such big teeth...

14 Cockroach

Just trying to sleep then boom three of these bad boys plays battle royale and airdrops onto your sleeping self and starts having a rave, maybe crawling into your nose and ear into your brain to lay EGGS. Across their room some of their buddies are breakdancing in a Lay's bag you forgot to pick up a few hours ago and making it so you can't sleep because of the stupid constant scrabble scabble. Not to mention finding them in macaroni boxes or guitar holes. Opening a book and one runs out. Taking a bite of cereal and finding a roach leg in it. Grabbing a pair of unders and one flies out like goddamn superman, who gave them wings? I hate these forsaken devil bugs they exist to TORTURE ME

Wood roaches are fine, but I have a weird fear that Cockroaches give you diseases by you breathing the same air as them. I don't scream when I see a cockroach, but that just shows how unsanitary they are. They are filthy, little things that are unnatural to nature. NOTE: I think some Roaches are fine, it's just Cockroaches that I hate.

My story about cockroaches:
Once upon a time I was reading next to my mother we were both reading in her bed, when ahhhhh! A cockroach was in my book! I screamed! And it was alive my mother grabbed my book and flung the cockroach into the fire place where I burnt to death. The End.

I don't like cockroaches. Not at all. But one species of cockroach I like is the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. They look cute, but the noises they make sound eerily reminiscent of a snake. I found some at a pet expo and I was like "Hmm. Interesting."

15 Jellyfish Box jellyfish are cnidarian invertebrates distinguished by their cube-shaped medusae. Some species of box jellyfish produce extremely potent venom: Chironex fleckeri, Carukia barnesi and Malo kingi.

This is the most venomous animal on the planet. It's venom can kill within minutes and is extremely painful. Not only this but it is practically invisible in the water and very hard to see.

I swear on the graves of my ancestors that I hope not to cross paths with this violent beauty, for it is well known as the "wasp of the sea".

This animal is worse than a great white shark in fact it's the most dangerous sea creature and and should be number one or higher.

A jellyfish that kills anything it stings within, what, five minutes? And humans is first?

16 Piranha A piranha or piraƱa, a member of family Characidae in order Characiformes, is a freshwater fish that inhabits South American rivers, floodplains, lakes and reservoirs.

They only attack you if your bleeding in the water, if your just calmly swimming you have nothing to worry about.

These things can kill you! They have sharp teeth and could bite you to death!

They are very dangerous. Watch out for these piranhas!

Those things rip your boyfriend.

17 Leech Leeches are segmented worms that belong to the phylum Annelida and comprise the subclass Hirudinea. Like the oligochaetes, such as earthworms, leeches share a clitellum and are hermaphrodites.

I got stuck by one and I felt too dizzy to walk that I had go to the doctor and I rememver my dad clearing my blood about 1 year ago and their was about too much blood!

Leech are vampire worms that sucks bloods there so scary that you will never pick a worm up again.

They suck your blood and it is scary. They can literally go anywhere into your body.

Leeches are seriously the creepiest and scariest creatures on earth.They are just so green and they look like a blob of snot.That is why I never walk barefoot.

18 Centipede Centipedes are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are mainly carnivorous and they prey upon insects, spiders, small birds and rodents, and even other centipedes.

Am I the only one who has a serious phobia of these things?
I mean, they've got so many legs... (shudder).
If the scary animal actually has a face, then it's easy to deal with. I mean, yeah, sharks are scary, but not in retrospect when you're only looking at it on the internet. Centipedes, however, make you cringe everywhere, whether it be just a thought, a picture, a video, or a real one.
When you think of a shark, though, it's just like, "Oh, sharks. Cool. "
And who put humans on the list? Sure, we are doing lots of cruel things, but there are good humans out there, too; humans that devote their lives to the well-being of animals. We can't just label our whole species as cruel because of a few cruel people who spread all of the inhumane activity in the first place. Not all humans want to hurt the environment!

I'm not scared of its looks, I'm just scared of its potential- however, I have to admit, many times I've lifted a rock and found a giant desert centipede, and looked in wonder at the extraterrestrial like creature. I mean, unless it somehow obtained frog like powers, it ain't gonna hop and bite my face.

Their multiple legs are very scary but O think their faces are kind of cute. Plus some mother centipedes would wrap around her eggs and babies and protect them from infections and predators which I find very cute!

Your lucky if you've never had these things in your house. They'll climb up through the drains in your sink or shower when you least expect it. And these nasty creatures can be 10 INCHES LONG

19 Maggot

This should be in the top 20 because they can go inside your body and lay eggs finally eat you alive! So be very careful when you take out the trash because they are small and keep maggots away.

Screw maggots! replace the m with an f and you'll know what I'm talking about!

Maggots can eat your food, flesh, body and skin.

The most disgusting animal ever...

20 Alligator An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. Additionally, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. Alligators have long existed since the Oligocene epoch 37 million ...read more.

Actually, you should fear crocodiles far more than alligators. They have developed a taste for human flesh. They are the ones that will eat you, not alligators. There is one crocodile that is 60 ft. tall, lives by the Nile River, and ate about 300-500 humans.

Either way, do not fear animals. They are living creatures, just like us, and shouldn't be ridiculed or prejudiced just because they LOOK or ACT a bit funny...they deserve the right to live the same happy and exciting lives of humans.

I like these animals. But they can be scary to others.

Cool looking, not scary!

21 Squid The giant squid is a deep-ocean dwelling squid in the family Architeuthidae. Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size due to deep-sea gigantism: recent estimates put the maximum size at 13 m for females and 10 m for males from the posterior fins to the tip of the two long tentacles (second only to ...read more.

These are definitely scary don't get me wrong, yeah they can grow to 13 meters long, yeah their eyes are the size of a beach ball, yeah their tentacles are covered in sharp redges, yeah they literally battle whales the largest animals on the planet, but the thing you need to remember is that they live in the very deep oceans and don't normally go after humans.

At the aquarium I saw jellyfish, I was super scared, I closed my eyes to the last tank and thought it was a giant squid...it was the seal and sea lion exhibit thank god.

I have nothing against these, unless they actually WANT to kill you.

Imagine being pulled underwater by one of these things!

22 Bat Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera. With their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals capable of true and sustained flight. Bats are more agile in flight than most birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered with a thin membrane or patagium. The smallest bat, and ...read more.

Vampire bats are really scare because they can drink blood, but not sucking blood that actual vampires do in myths, they lap the blood with their tongues. They're also scary because they can carry diseases of many types like rabies. Luckily they don't live in the United States, even I. California, where me and my family live in.

Bats can kill by spreading disease and are terrifying in the night.

They're pretty cute though. I like them.

Annoying flying rabies Petri dishes.

23 Hornet Hornets are the largest of the eusocial wasps, and are similar in appearance to their close relatives yellowjackets. Some species can reach up to 5.5 cm in length.

Hornets are pretty scary and mean but MAYBE some people aren't scared or them! But I am!

This should not be 26 I'm afraid of wasps and hornets.

Just run and don't look back and hope you'll live.

The antithesis of all animals.

24 Wasp

Ever since one of these snuck into my pajamas overnight and stung my armpit in the morning, I have been TERRIFIED of them!

They harm people for no reason? Really? That never happened to me despite encountering wasps so many times...

Wasps are so terrifying! They're like flying spiders, they're so creepy. And they'll attack you too for no apparent reason! It HURTS

Wasps only sting because they are probably scared of you! Think of how big you'd look to a ting wasp!

25 Wolf The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray wolf or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. More than thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, and gray wolves, as popularly understood, comprise wild subspecies. The wolf is the largest extant member of the family ...read more.

Wolves are very cute, but savage. Sharks only kill when they are hungry and often mistake humans for seals, turtles and other shark food. Wolves on the other hand don't kill just because they are hungry, they attack anyone who sets foot on their territory. Also, they attack other wolves in the pack just for fun; including pups and kill the older, weaker wolves of higher rank so the killer wolves can have a higher rank in the pack. So if a wolf or a pack of them are approaching you, I suggest you get out a weapon (such as a gun) and kill them all.

AHEM. I'm mad at this. This is my favorite animal! Wolves are misunderstood by many people. Who almost made wolves extinct in some areas (and succeeded with some kinds)? US. Who shot wolves just for sport long ago? US. Who invaded wolves homes and killed them for existing and going about their business? US AGAIN. We are scarier than wolves. Also, wolf packs don't really have ranks. That's a myth made up for roleplays. The "alphas" are the parents or breeders of the pack.

Actually wolves can be pretty dangerous. If they get rabies they get to a REALLY high degree. And just think about a pack of wolves attacking u, which can exceed to 15 wolves. They can get to 200 lbs, so you wouldn't want to be tackled by a 200 pound animal. And, yes, they can kill your dog.

OOOHHH SO MAJESTIC, please, sure wolves may be pretty but under that facade they are vicious killing machines. First off, wolfaboos you think that wolves are so beautiful and majestic h uh? w ell how does that hold up after seeing them rip a deer's guts while it's still ali ve? n ot bad enough h uh? W ell how about when they mauled Miss Candice Berner without being provoked? Look, I'm not saying that I want the species extinct, I'm just saying that we need to stop treating like the gods of the animal kingdom. On a final note, without wolf hunting, gray wolves would breed like rats and kill off all the carrion.

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