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
Community Member
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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Zori the degu
Community Member
2 years ago

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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#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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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

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
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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Idea for a night lamp!

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#8

Damn Nature, You Scary...

Damn Nature, You Scary...

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Luna rivers
Community Member
2 years ago

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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#9

Rome Yesterday

Rome Yesterday

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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

Hitchcocks dream

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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
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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful!

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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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Look ma - A donkey with Wings!

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#15

My Gecko Ate His Tail

My Gecko Ate His Tail

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

That's...oddly practical

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

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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Steve Bowman
Community Member
2 years ago

"Do you want to go UP or DOWN?"

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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
2 years ago

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
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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Sarah Cleaver
Community Member
2 years ago

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
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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Braineating Spleen
Community Member
2 years ago

...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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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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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Also known as Ants who gives zero fcks about gravity!

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#31

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

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Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
2 years ago

nooo poor thing. He was looking for water.

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#32

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

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Zori the degu
Community Member
2 years ago

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

Ruby & Meem
Community Member
2 years ago

Same here! Poor thing. Hope they'll be gone when it changes skin.

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snoozy womble
Community Member
2 years ago

poor thing, someone help him!

Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
2 years ago

Snake was injured by a car and couldn`t move, that`s why the ticks got it. Snake was rescued and recovered.

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Ticks are so freaking nasty!

Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

I hate ticks..

Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

I want to remove those..

Ohio Hands
Community Member
2 years ago

Ticks are from the pits of hell. Fuck ticks big time.

Ohm-Alex
Community Member
2 years ago

agreed

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Just Curious
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, I did not realize that ticks fed on non-mammalian species!

brown_panda
Community Member
2 years ago

wait, what? ticks can feed on snake blood as well? oh, the poor thing!

Christina Sersif
Community Member
2 years ago

I didn't know ticks ate cold-blooded animals.

Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

Same here, I'm really surprised.

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
2 years ago

nothing seemed gross to me until I saw this picture.

Kath Leen
Community Member
2 years ago

now im itching in my head

Space Nurd
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor thing, MAKE THE TICKS DIEEEEE.

Clara The Idiot
Community Member
2 years ago

SOMEONE HELP

Margaret Althea Elvenshadow
Community Member
2 years ago

Save it!

Amanda Raynes
Community Member
2 years ago

OH HELL NO!

Thoracias Kuhani
Community Member
2 years ago

That is so sad. We bought a ball python many years ago (our first pet snake) and it was very lethargic and seemed sick so we found a herp vet to look at it. Come to find out it was covered in microscopic ticks between the scales as well as mites. It took hours of them hand picking with magnifying glasses and tweezers and then soaking them in some solution to get it well. A warning to anyone buying snakes from a pet shop! We found out some kid gets paid a nickel for each one of these "tree worms" (because ball pythons are usually very docile) and they ship them as is to pet stores for sale. Cost us a fortune to get our $75 pet store snake healthy again. :(

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
2 years ago

Those damn little bastards! Nasty suckers.

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

aww poor thing

Ngaire Jermaine
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the first post that actually made my scalp crawl.

Azure Adams
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor snake

Yasmin Janette
Community Member
2 years ago

eugh gross

Chris Wittinghoff
Community Member
2 years ago

HATE ticks!!

Faith Nicole
Community Member
2 years ago

I also feel bad for this snake

Susan Gardner
Community Member
2 years ago

Awwwww poor thing. So sad that he just has to endure it and cannot help himself

ChiSoul10
Community Member
2 years ago

Damn hows he suppose to eat? If he opens his mouth, the ticks will never let him close it!!!!!

Carmen Elena
Community Member
2 years ago

that hurts...

Jia Kia
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone pluck the ticks of him!

X ElectricReaper X
Community Member
6 months ago

one order of 'kill the ticks right now' coming right up!

AINSLEY RADFORD
Community Member
6 months ago

KILL ALL TICKS!!!

Ananas
Community Member
7 months ago

Poor baby

Lily0484g
Community Member
1 year ago

Disgusting😥

Malachi Phillips
Community Member
1 year ago

THEY LOOK LIKE BEANS

Timm Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor Snek

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
2 years ago

I have never seen anything even remotely like this on reptiles.

Meg
Community Member
2 years ago

My daughter had one of those kind of ticks on her head for weeks before I found it. Horrified me. They are called bat ticks. Its rare and not even counted or documented as having human encounters/bites.

Amalia Andersson Biro
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh gosh. I despise ticks with my whole being

Alexandra Perry
Community Member
2 years ago

So sad and he doesn't even have arms to pull them off himself/

Deshorn Anthony
Community Member
2 years ago

Aww fuck id burn it

Karla Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww poor thing

Doodle_Danger
Community Member
2 years ago

NUUUU! POOR THING!

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor thing. Ticks are horrible!

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

:(

Palilalie Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Ew!

audri
Community Member
2 years ago

I didn't realize ticks would bite a cold-blooded animal.

Michelle Line
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG! I'll never wipe this image from my mind. Just like a stray dog covered in ticks.

Anita Holleufer
Community Member
2 years ago

Lima beans attack!

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

Hell some of them are really large poor baby ;=]]

Squarehead Baggins
Community Member
2 years ago

oh oh my

Lois Fitzgerald
Community Member
2 years ago

Check it out

Callie Eck
Community Member
2 years ago

NOOOOO THE POOR BABYYYY!!!!

Peter Anka
Community Member
2 years ago

now THAT is hardcore

Midna Geno
Community Member
2 years ago

Aww poor snake the damn ticks are sucking its brains out.

Ana M
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh God! Poor snake!

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 years ago

That would tick me off.

Don Flynn
Community Member
2 years ago

Very sad

Amanda Henderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Cheese and Rice. Poor Snake

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
2 years ago

Sunday bloody Sunday

Aileen Grist
Community Member
2 years ago

Snakes over ticks anytime.

Krishna Vishwas
Community Member
2 years ago

I want to die after looking this

Lazy Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Aww poor little snek

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

They couldn't find a deer? Poor thing. I wonder if it's already dead?

cwa92464
Community Member
2 years ago

So many mixed emotions

Master Markus
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh god, that's like one of my worst fears. I saw a vet show while I was in Mexico where a dog was covered in ticks to the point that they had trouble shaving them and the image stuck with me and made me uncomfortable for like, a solid year.

Coco
Community Member
2 years ago

noooooooooope

Anya Starykh
Community Member
2 years ago

This is seriously the grossest thing I've ever seen...

therealpixie
Community Member
2 years ago

Every post until now has been rather beautiful in its own way. This, however, is possibly the most disgusting animal photo I've ever seen. GROSS!

Raspberry Ginger
Community Member
2 years ago

Baby!!!

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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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thepotatogirl
Community Member
2 years ago

am I the only one who thinks it's kind of cute?

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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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

Scrolling down, scrolling down, scrolling down.

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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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lincholn6echo
Community Member
2 years ago

HANS GET ZE FLAMMENWERFER!!!

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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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Hans
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2 years ago

The marsh just arround the nuclear power plant?

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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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

Happy Meal.

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#42

Lavafall

Lavafall

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome!

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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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SykesDaMan
Community Member
2 years ago

More like the punisher T-Shirt!

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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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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

I.don't.want.to.see.the.spider.that.can.eat.that.frog. Please

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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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

When you boss tells you a joke which isn't funny at all, but you gotta pretend its funny as heck!

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#48

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
2 years ago

The heart of a couch potato

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#49

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

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lincholn6echo
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like the poor guy was hit by a ships propeller...

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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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#51

Something Took Two Clean Bites Out Of This Poor Sea Ravioli

Something Took Two Clean Bites Out Of This Poor Sea Ravioli

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
2 years ago

sea ravioli xD

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#52

When Mozilla Freezes

When Mozilla Freezes

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brown_panda
Community Member
2 years ago

that's just sad.

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#53

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

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Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
2 years ago

Not a head. Earwig butt.

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#54

Eels In The Stream At Battle Hill Farm

Eels In The Stream At Battle Hill Farm

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Zero fcks were given by those ducks that day!

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#55

Found Out The House We Are Living In Has A Bunker Below. I Managed To Squeeze My Phone In One Of The Cracks Of The Door To Take This Creepy Picture

Found Out The House We Are Living In Has A Bunker Below. I Managed To Squeeze My Phone In One Of The Cracks Of The Door To Take This Creepy Picture

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Mark Fergel
Community Member
2 years ago

Several names. Camel crickets in my area. Dang things are a pain in the b***.

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