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
Community Member
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 ?

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

Goths and metalheads everywhere will be rushing to throw their skull collections into water. I'd like to know what sort of water body it was though, because it's a unique colour - I'm wondering if tannin was involved...

Psyche
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

would hang this in my wall

real._.izuku
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

IN your wall? How the hell do you hang something IN your wall...?

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

How to make a skull even more metal

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

That’s metal, I’d keep that!

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

Wrath skull. - What do you know, they Can die.

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

Idk. The ground showing through at first glance looked like eyes in the sockets. Like uh........ run

NightmaresNope
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine the halloween mask you could make with that.

Charlie Thomson
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Deer Man is a cryptid whose legend originates in the folklore of North America. Sightings of the Deer Man have been reported from several U.S. states, although there is some variation in the descriptions given. That’s what it looks like

GSMountainWolf
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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wwwwooooooooooowoowwwww I love this

Saint Jimmy
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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is unreasonably beautiful

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

look pretty cool mounted

Pusheen
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1 year ago

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real._.izuku
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would've kept that thing and put it in my house as decoration. Like, holy sh*t that thing is awesome

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

It looks like it's been painted! That's rad!

KCN
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually rather beautiful.

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

WOW NOW THAT IS BEAUTIFUL REALLY LOVE THE COLORS IN IT ;=]]

Rachael Marrast
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would spray paint it white and hang it in my house. I love skulls.

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You still have the lower jaw, too! Very cool!

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

Angmar, the witch king from Lord of the Rings!

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

I was thinking that when I first saw this one too.

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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?

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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

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

Didn’t think I could ever feel sorry for a snake, until I saw this post...

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#34

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

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#35

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

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

The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

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#36

The Lamprey Fish

The Lamprey Fish

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#37

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

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#38

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood