While we as humans continue to try (and fail) to live in peace and harmony, it is worth remembering that the world around us is a brutal, unforgiving place.

We have tamed our lives to such an extent that it is easy to turn a blind eye to the horrors of nature, sure, we as a species are far more damaging to our planet than all others put together, but let's not pretend that it's all sweetness and light out there!

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, is a reminder that we live in a scary world. Some of these things are simply wonders of nature that we may not like the look of, like spiders and centipedes. Some show the raw power of the elements, while others illustrate the horrific things that other creatures to do each other in order to survive. All of these things are awe-inspiring examples of nature, something not to be feared, but to be respected. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

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#2

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

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Zori the degu
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love "pet" spiders, as I call them. They live in one corner of your apartment, feed on insects and sometimes climb down to investigate your belongings. If I happen to become roommates with one, I always make a point to leave some water for it to drink, if it needs it. My favourite spider of this kind used to live in my mom's bedroom. It only had 5 legs and we named it Oggie. The tiny spider loved to crawl on my mom's sketches(she's an engineer) and kept her company. I was 5 at the time and it was one of the first examples of invertebrates' personalities I was to see.

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#4

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

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Hans
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can almost feel them reaching for your feet...first gently stroking, then all of a sudden gripping fast...

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#5

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

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Hans
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fascinating and brutal in one.

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#6

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

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Zori the degu
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Something similar happened to me once, but well, the other way round. I was on a sea holiday and came upon a large blue dragonfly, drowned in the sea. Now, I was saddened for the poor thing, but also ecstatic, for I have a collection of pinned insects, all of which were found dead, for I just can't bring myself to kill alive ones for the purpose. I carried it around in my palm, wondering where exactly was I to put it, for I didn't have any other dragonflies and the thing was huge. Suddenly, it moved! A second later, again! It became progressively more active, until it could stand on its legs and turn his head around in curiosity! I separated its wings carefully(they stuck to each other from the salty water) and it shook itself a little. I left it cleaning itself on an oak on a quiet path and I do hope it recovered completely. :)

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#7

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

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#8

Damn Nature, You Scary...

Damn Nature, You Scary...

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Luna rivers
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A planting enthusiast wasn’t scared of anything, but when they found a skull of a 50 year old oojomaku breed, their life changed.

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#10

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

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Nadja Lambacher
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually think those frogs are cute. Not the best place to find them, but not terrifying.

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#11

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, This is nature being nature! Fully of mystery and creativity!

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#12

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

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issam
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are like : " neeeemo .. where are you !? "

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#14

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

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#15

My Gecko Ate His Tail

My Gecko Ate His Tail

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#16

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's a long pile of shit! Someone is eating too much fibres!

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#17

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

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#18

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have watched too many alien movies which have gutted my mind to point that I refuse to believe its a plant! Fck me, I am running from here and calling ARMY, NAVY or fckng SWAT team.

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#19

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

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MeggersTheFox
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was in your house and you just chilled and took a picture of it. Your bravery has no end

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#20

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

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Sarah Cleaver
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel quite sorry for them really as they're just trying not to drown

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#21

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

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issam
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aren't those one of those creatures in lord of the ring ?

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#22

The Frog That Caught A Spider

The Frog That Caught A Spider

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Braineating Spleen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...that wriggled and wriggled and jiggled inside her. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed the fly, perhaps she'll die.

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#23

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

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#24

Acid Spitting Ants

Acid Spitting Ants

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Ellis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What the f***!?! Do these exist? What part of evolution came up with that?

Zenozenobee
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The real question is who the f*** decide to put these ants on is hand and tingle them until they spit acid on his skin?

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Usernames
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why do you have them at your hand at the first?

Dian Ella Lillie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's formic acid, which is similar to vinegar. It's the chemical that gives ants their stinky smell when they're crushed.

Timothy Mathews
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always wondered what that smell was. Most people I know can't smell ants but I can. I once had ants in my ice cream and didn't realise it. I will never forget the taste or the smell. Fire ants, I hate. Their bite is quite bad. I got bitten by some in Queensland when I was very little. Not fun. Not deadly, but I don't like pain.

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Carmen Elena
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that´s their opinion about humans...

Mojones
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn fine Antillery you got there

Jeff
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God: “Hey, remember those things we called ants?” Angel: “Uuuhhh, Yeah.” God: “I have new ideas.” Angel: *whimpers* God: “Make them the same, buuut... they can shoot acid!!” Angel: “SCREEEEECHH!!!” God: “What?” Angel: “Here is my letter of resignation.”

Miriam Adams
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

definitely WORSE than Fire Ants!! they only BITE you and give you blisters but SPITTING? yikes

SnowyLynx
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WTF?????!!!!!! What? How? When?

okpkpkp
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ant Acid. They squirt out Formic Acid. Most black ants do.

Timothy Mathews
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't think many of the respondents know how many different types of acid there are. Orange Juice has acid in it. Pineapples have acid in them. Every carbonated drink has carbonic acid. Vinegar doesn't hurt nor do the other kinds we eat and drink.

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Amanda Raynes
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Should you let them be on your hand bro?

Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Formica rufa, also known as the red wood ant, southern wood ant, or horse ant, is a boreal member of the Formica rufa group of ants, and is the type species for that group. It is native to Europe and Anatolia[2] but is also found in North America,[3] in both coniferous and broad-leaf broken woodland and parkland.[3] Workers are bicolored red and brownish-black, with a dorsal dark patch on the head and promensonotum,[3] and are polymorphic, measuring 4.5–9 mm in length.[3] They have large mandibles and like many other ant species they are able to spray formic acid from their abdomens as a defence.[3] Formic acid was first extracted in 1671 by the English naturalist John Ray by distilling a large number of crushed ants of this species.[4]

Jesse Musil
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

im assuming they come from Australia like every other scary ass animal?

Sol Connor
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the question is... What the f*** are you letting them do on your hand?!!!

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They don't hurt, only when they bite you in the soft parts. I wouldn't put os many on my hand, but even if they all bit you, there's nothing dangerous there.

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Allison Gilbert-Heron
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Birds know this and will use the Formica acid that ants spray to rid themselves of parasites!

Bernd Herbert
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not spitting. The acid doesn't come out of their mouths but out of their abdomen.

Charles Walker
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really just little ants jerking off 0_0

Jia Kia
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's also a type of ants that explode when scent danger.

Nala Rose
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What does the acid do to skin and why do you have them on your bare skin

Liz Sahlin Johansson
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And that’s a creature one casually carry on ones hand...?

Vaida Kuodytė
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These ants are so badass I can't even. :O

rustic raven
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh come on I hate ants an now even more want hate them .;=]]

Debra Stanfield
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where are these animals & insects located in the World? I never knew they existed

Midna Geno
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ummmmm should you just let them shoot you with acid? Yeah? Okay then, carry on...

Donna Baker
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

why would you have them on you if it is acid??///

Timothy Mathews
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are many different types of acid. Orange Juice has acid in it. Pineapples have acid in them. Every carbonated drink has carbonic acid. Vinegar doesn't hurt nor do the other kinds we eat and drink.

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Aileen Grist
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why? Why let them crawl over your hand?

Raven
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

First they can survive microwaves, now this-

cwa92464
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And we worry about screwing up the planet...when...there...are...ACID SPITTING ANTS!!

Kelly Horrigan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and they are on his hand because....

Christina Sersif
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Either the acid doesn't hurt or this person is just stupid

Lady Perkele
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someome explaining this please! Biology help needed

Tom Witkowski
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is how we end up with Aliens.

Max L.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably not if not directly into eyes or mouth, altough that is a relatively small quantity compared to the size of a human predator. On a beetle size, probably more damage on live flesh like eyes etc.

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#25

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, whoever put it together, must be having most non-shaking hands in the world.

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#26

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

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stellermatt
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

we've all been like that at an all you can eat buffet

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#27

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

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A random Goat
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Once upon a time there was a man who did very bad things. The emperor turned him into a statue and trapped him in a tree. If he's freed the whole world is doomed. I made up this story

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#28

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

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Cat on a bike
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

friendly neighborhood lizard, keeping your home bug free :)

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#29

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

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Sally Appleton
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Give a snake a fish an he'll eat it. Teach a snake to fish and he'll become the fishing rod.

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#30

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

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#31

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

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#32

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

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Zori the degu
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, I knew they have teeth, but I didn't know they have some on the tongue as well!

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#33

This Snake Covered In Ticks

This Snake Covered In Ticks