20 Photos That Prove Nature Can Be Totally Freakin’ Terrifying

Life on Earth is so vast and diverse that there are doubtless countless species and animals out there that we’ve yet to discover. But if these horrific acts of nature are anything to go by, you may be glad that we don’t know everything about life. After all, some things are best left undiscovered – at least, they are if you ever want to sleep again…

The climate can easily be your worst nightmare, as this poor fox proves. After drowning in the icy water, the animal was recovered and left as a warning to others who may try to dash across the frozen plains. Indeed, it’s a terrifying reminder that mother nature totally wields the true power on Earth.

Is this the ashen remnant of a volcanic lava flow or an insane burial site with dozens of dead bodies? Thankfully, it’s actually the former – but there’s no denying just how horrific the image of the latter is. And once you see it, you can’t unsee it.

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This is literally the stuff of nightmares. A hornets’ nest in an abandoned shed has fused with the head of an old, wooden statue – a combination that definitely won’t keep us awake at night for the rest of time.

No, this isn’t a new promo for a horror movie. Instead, it’s a real-life nightmarish scene, as a colony of wasps has built a nest around this long-forgotten child’s doll. We’re just glad it’s in a photo, on a screen, where it can’t harm us.

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This startlingly strange plant isn’t called the “devil’s fingers” for nothing. Indeed, even the way it hatches like a weird, alien egg should give you pause. Its full, scientific name is Clathrus archeri, but, somehow, that doesn’t make us any more comfortable with it.

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Ever wanted to see a mother caterpillar protecting her herd? No, we thought not. And, looking at this picture, it’s easy to understand why that’s never a desire that’s crossed most people’s minds. Excuse us while we get insanely creeped out.

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Remember that child’s doll covered in a wasps’ nest? Yeah, that’s nothing compared to this hermit crab using the head of one for a shell. Sometimes fact is scarier than fiction, and nowhere is that truer than in nature, as this picture proves.

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If you’ve never looked closely at snapdragon seed pods, you can count yourself among the lucky ones. Of course, that was until you stumbled upon this picture, which shows them off in all their chilling, skull-resembling glory. Who knew that plants could be so utterly disturbing?

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Did you know that there’s a parasite whose sole function is to eat the tongue of a fish and then replace it? Sometimes, being a human doesn’t seem so bad. Even with all the terrible dangers and diseases that affect us, at least there isn’t anything trying to eat and replace our tongues like it’s the most normal thing in the world.

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This brown, amorphous blob might not seem so frightening at face value. But look a little closer, and you’ll soon realize what it actually is: a vast horde of fire ants, binding together to form a floating island as a means of surviving a flood. Yes, this is why it’s perfectly rational to fear them.

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Imagine if the human skeleton were this spiky. Life would sure be a lot more painful, for one. Thankfully, our bones are smooth as they come. The same, however, can’t be said for this unfortunate creature, whose very existence is proof that nature isn’t playing around.

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This definitely seems like something out of a post-apocalyptic horror movie. Just in case you can’t tell what’s going on here – and we wouldn’t blame you at all if you couldn’t – this bull’s antlers are shedding velvet. And the flame red color that’s left behind is as striking as it is creepy.

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We all know lizards are known for their regenerative properties. Just ask Spider-Man’s nemesis Dr. Curt Connors, who turned himself into an actual lizard to grow back his arm. But this real-life reptile has taken things one step further – or should that be one limb further? – with an extra foot growing from his tail.

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This may look like a caterpillar with the head of a snake, but the truth is even more incredible – and just as terrifying. In fact, this is the hawkmoth caterpillar, a creature that possesses the ability to make its tail resemble a snake to ward off any predators. Genius, really.

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Have you ever seen a tree look quite so vehemently angry? Probably not – though, to be fair, this tree has a perfectly valid reason. You see, the day before, it was struck by lightning. So it’s really no wonder it’s burning so intensely with rage. We’d stay well clear…

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Imagine walking along one day, minding your own business, when a snake comes along and gobbles you up whole. As this terrifyingly tenacious centipede proves, ain’t nobody got time for that. Indeed, the crazy critter has just eaten its way clean out of the viper’s stomach. Gnarly.

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This diner was surprised to find a “tiny, half-eaten crab” inside his mussel. In fact, what he was actually seeing was a pea crab, a type of parasite that dwells in mussels, as well as oysters and clams. Yeah, we don’t think we’ll be eating seafood again for a while.

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Never heard of the lamprey? Consider yourself lucky. The freaky fish has more teeth than we care to count and gets its kicks by using those same teeth to suck the blood of its fellow seafaring animals. And while they’re apparently not sharp enough to do much damage to humans, we aren’t going to be the ones to find out for sure.

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At face value, this picture doesn’t seem all that worrisome. After all, it’s just a weird, golden substance leaking from the walls. It could be anything! But it’s what it actually is that will creep you out. Indeed, this is honey, leaking through the cracks due to the vast amount of bees trapped in the wall. There’s a mental image we didn’t need.

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Mother Nature really does work in mysterious ways. For instance, these snakes have only just hatched, but already they’ve organized themselves based on the color of their skin. Who knew self-segregation was built into the DNA of the reticulating python?

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