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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ZombieGirl5591
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2 years ago

NOO

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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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VM Hiraii
Community Member
2 years ago

Define feast =

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#3

Seaweed In The Waves

Seaweed In The Waves

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Vischap
Community Member
2 years ago

Cthulhu rising

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

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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boredhuman
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2 years ago

In morse it says: i'm fine!

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

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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Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice

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#8

Damn Nature, You Scary...

Damn Nature, You Scary...

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

That's the skull of a... mole? Groundhog?

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#9

Rome Yesterday

Rome Yesterday

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 years ago

wtf is that? looks like apocalypse coming

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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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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

“Of course you can do your business in the kitchen sink today, I understand”

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#11

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Shrunken heads...

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#12

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#13

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

Now I'm afraid of scallops.

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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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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

Aw, the megabattie just wants some love

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#15

My Gecko Ate His Tail

My Gecko Ate His Tail

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

Okey Motherfucker !

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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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M.Shallow
Community Member
2 years ago

Just imagined sitting down without checking the toilet...

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#17

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

These are the grasps of those passed away trough gore. (good start for a novel, maybe)

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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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M.Shallow
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought that was an egg that had burst with the animal bleeding inside.

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

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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Ashley Say Wha?!?
Community Member
2 years ago

Why has it not burned yet?

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

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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Talia Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

That shadow tho...

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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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M.Shallow
Community Member
2 years ago

"Join meeeeeeeeeee" It says

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#24

Acid Spitting Ants

Acid Spitting Ants

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Mojones
Community Member
2 years ago

Damn fine Antillery you got there

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#25

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

Just as scary as it was alive

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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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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeeeez...

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#27

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

Nah that's just Halie trying to save her little sister

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

friendly neighborhood lizard, keeping your home bug free :)

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd rather have a house full of lizards than cockroaches.

X ElectricReaper X
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly

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Kebnekaise
Community Member
2 years ago

Who's a Good Boy?!

Psyche
Community Member
2 years ago

good job lizard!

Fiendhunter
Community Member
2 years ago

What about this picture makes you go "Nope"? It's more like, "bless you, mister lizard".

Just Curious
Community Member
2 years ago

Hell yeah, lizardbro!

Aunt Messy
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this Hawaii? Because there are very few things that eat cockroaches. When we were in Kauaii the house had several resident lizards. They chirp at each other at night, and there are crunching noises all over the place.

Jolijn Njamin-Geurts van Kessel
Community Member
2 years ago

The lizards eat all the bugs in my house, my cats eat the lizards

Just Curious
Community Member
2 years ago

Circle of life.

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Good lizard.

Elizabeth Lord Cary
Community Member
2 years ago

what a good lizard

Aileen Grist
Community Member
2 years ago

Go lizard I can't deal with cockroaches.

cwa92464
Community Member
2 years ago

He's a good boy! Yes he is!!!

Christina Sersif
Community Member
2 years ago

In other words a friendly lizard eating Satan on my porch

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Good lizard. Cockroaches are the spawn of the Devil.

jenn manfre
Community Member
2 years ago

I need one of these as my big bodyguard

jenn manfre
Community Member
2 years ago

I meant bug lol

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Cinzia Sammarco
Community Member
2 years ago

A geko. Very common in southern Italy. They are cute.

J Perry
Community Member
2 years ago

Go Lizzie!

Timothy Mathews
Community Member
2 years ago

Much more useful than a tin Lizzie

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Max L.
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks what we call geek here, not a lizard.

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

There is nothing wrong with that just might need some more of them to keep away the bugs ;=]]

Amanda Raynes
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a giant roach! Wtf? Move north!

Kelly Horrigan
Community Member
2 years ago

Go Lizard!

Mary Popps
Community Member
2 years ago

Good boy <3

Wina Alkerchief
Community Member
2 years ago

Uwaaaaa. I can't stand cockroach.. :'( Seing one even in the pictures give me goosebumps. 😥😥

Colleen Garland
Community Member
2 months ago

When i lived in Hawaii I loved the lizzards. Cute too. Ours were a little smaller though.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
2 months ago

Good, eat all you want.

Tammy Hawkins
Community Member
2 months ago

Lizards are really good for this (seen more than once in my home in Florida)

Janet Bird
Community Member
6 months ago

:: shudders ::

Adam Rindegård
Community Member
8 months ago

make a gif of it

X ElectricReaper X
Community Member
1 year ago

Aw what a good boi!

AINSLEY RADFORD
Community Member
1 year ago

nope nope nope nope!!!!! -burns house-

Salinger Foyard
Community Member
1 year ago

i have a cat to eat spiders, spiders to eat mosquitoes, and i just need a gecko to eat food scraps (im very lazy)

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
2 years ago

I have heard that in India it’s a blessing to have a lizard inside. They protect you by eating less adorable creatures.

Amalia Andersson Biro
Community Member
2 years ago

It's so cute though, thanks friend for taking care of the roaches for me

Alexandra Perry
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a gecko and not from Geico either! The best little guy to have in your house to get rid of the bugs. Plus they make cute chirping sounds.

Amanda Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah that’s a gecko...

Anita Holleufer
Community Member
2 years ago

Alive, or dead. Keep eating my friend!

Claire A.
Community Member
2 years ago

Those little toes!

Elizabeth Mitchell
Community Member
2 years ago

That lizard is a good boy.

Timothy Mathews
Community Member
2 years ago

I stayed briefly at a hotel in Cairns that came with a salamander. I thought it was cool because it was translucent. When I used a flash it's insides lit up. Ended up moving to the Cairns International hotel before the first night was over.

Timothy Mathews
Community Member
2 years ago

Damn. I should have gotten lizards at my flat in Sydney. There were tons of cockies, flying ones. The first night I was there, I had no screens and they kept flying in through my fifth story window. My cat ate them at first but then gave up. I wonder if he would have eaten the lizards?

Ivana
Community Member
2 years ago

Such a good lizard. Both my cat and dog have been trained to kill any roaches that come into my house. I live in Florida, they are everywhere here. I also promote lizards, spiders, and frogs to make their home around my house. Anything that kills roaches is a friend of mine.

Midna Geno
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute! I like lizzards

Ana M
Community Member
2 years ago

Is like a cuija, a gecko that I found in Cancun. They will eat cockroaches too. Is call besucona too.

TeeMarieTisMe
Community Member
2 years ago

Screw the roach bait, I'm just going to get an army of geckos!

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
2 years ago

Way to go, lizard! 👍👍👍👍

Lina
Community Member
2 years ago

I am mainly worried about the size of this cockroach...

Don Flynn
Community Member
2 years ago

Gecko eating a cockroach

Steven McMacken
Community Member
2 years ago

Having lived in Hawaii, I believe that's a gecko.

Lee from Phoenix
Community Member
2 years ago

On vacation in Hawaii years ago we watched a gecko stalking a cockroach on the ceiling of the living room. We were wishing he would catch it but he never did.

Sam
Community Member
2 years ago

Go lizard!!

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
2 years ago

Love those lizards....

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
2 years ago

Go Lizard!

Corina Alvarez Loeblich
Community Member
2 years ago

I love you guys, thank you for all the catch roaches while I was in the bathroom <3

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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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Abigail Broughton
Community Member
2 years ago

That's actually kind of cool

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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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Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
2 years ago

That bridge is impressive O_o.

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#31

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

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Zori the degu
Community Member
2 years ago

Why isn't this on the top? I'd like to have one to scare my guests, though.

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#32

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

So the next time you see a goose, sparrow no time and migrate the honk out of that coop!

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#33

This Snake Covered In Ticks

This Snake Covered In Ticks

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Ellis
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2 years ago

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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

More scrolling down.

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

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#36

The Lamprey Fish

The Lamprey Fish

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Zori the degu
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, they do suck blood.

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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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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope .

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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

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Talia Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd maybe stay as far away as possible from that marsh...

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#39

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

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Abigail Broughton
Community Member
2 years ago

Are you my mummy?

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#40

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Diarrhoea: also a problem in aquatic mammals.

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#41

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

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Rhea Hambum
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2 years ago

Howdelly doodlly neighbour

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#42

Lavafall

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

And people taking pictures instead of running for their lives.

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#43

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

The spider's favorite movie!

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#44

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

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VM Hiraii
Community Member
2 years ago

Kabuto

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#45

One Big Spider

One Big Spider

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

How?

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#46

Take A Seat

Take A Seat

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VM Hiraii
Community Member
2 years ago

Nawp

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#47

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what LOL literally looks like . I guess .

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#48

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

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Psyche
Community Member
2 years ago

maybe it is.. human heart resembling a potato

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#49

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Yet it survived. Impressive.

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#50

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Fascinating critters actually. Butterflies of the night!

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