(WARNING: This List Is Not For Sensitive People)
Sometimes we get so used to dreamy landscapes and cute puppies that we forget about nature’s dark side. But it’s there. Regardless of whether we pay attention to it or not. To remind you about some of the Mother Earth’s scariest ‘children,’ Bored Panda has compiled a list of photos that should send shivers down your spine. Or at least make you say a loud “NOPE.” From half-dead spiders covered in fungus to mutated frogs with eyes growing in their mouth, consider viewing these images as a contest: if you can scroll to the very end, you win. The prize? Nightmares.
#1 What Do You Do When You See A Flying Fox In Your Backyard? (The Philippines)
No that isn’t the camera angle, that is actually one big bat. The flying fox also called the fox bat are among the largest bats in the world with a wingspan of 5 feet (1.5 metres) and a head and body length of about 16 inches (40 centimeters). They are found on tropical islands and the mainland of Asia. As scary as they look, these gentle giants only eat fruit.
#2 Haven’t Cleaned Behind The Dresser In Months
#3 Crazy Bird Tornado
This may look like a shot from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, but this eerie scene was created by none other than mother nature herself. A Reddit user posted the shot to the site’s r/WTF thread and titled it “birdnado.” The cluster is thought to be made up of starlings, a bird known for flying in thick flock formations called murmurations. These clusters reduce the amount of energy required during travel and protect them from predators. If starlings sense a shift in one part of the flock the entire pattern will shift.
#4 Birds Using A Dead Pike’s Mouth To Nest
Pike fish are freshwater fish known as ambush predators because of their ability to lie perfectly still for an impressive amount of time, thankfully for these birds this pike is out of water so it’s safe to say it’s actually dead.
#5 My Town In Central Texas Has A Bird Problem
#6 I Want To Ride My Bicycle
#7 This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask
#8 There Was A Friggin Gecko Hiding In My Son’s Toy Spider
Geckos are reptiles found in all parts of the world except for Antartica. To avoid predators they have developed special features such as camouflage to help them hide in any environment (even a toy spider).Most geckos are nocturnal creatures which means they are active at night, but there are day geckos which are willing to venture out during the daylight hours in search of food.
#9 Toads Riding On A Python
68mm just fell in the last hour at Kununurra. Flushed all the cane toads out of my brothers dam. Some of them took the easy way out – hitching a ride on the back of a 3.5m python.
#10 Lizard Shed His Entire Face In One Go
#11 Someone Bugged His Phone
Things like this can happen when people fumigate. Insects try to escape chemicals by crawling into tight little places. Then they usually die.
#12 Something Is Growing Inside A Bottle Of Natural Orange Juice I Abandoned Inside A Cabinet For Over A Year
#13 Snaggle-Toothed Snake Eel Found On The Beach In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This nightmarish creature is the snaggle-toothed snake eel or the Aplatophis zorro. It is a tropical eel found in the eastern central Pacific Ocean. According to the specimen found and studied by John E. McCosker and David Ross Robertson in 2001 they can reach a maximum length of 104 centimeters or 3″4 in feet (gulp). The eels live at 5-10 metres deep and live in burrows.
#14 Death Shrouds From Hell – Spiders Cocooned These Trees To Save Themselves From A Flood
In 2010 a monsoon hit Pakistan that caused the rivers to swell and insects to run for cover. The strange anomaly was captured by aid worker Russell Watkins, a multimedia editor with the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) in the Pakistani village of Sindh.”There wasn’t a scientific analysis of this being done. Anecdotally, I think it was pretty much any kind arachnid species, possibly combined with other insects,” he told National Geographic. It was noted that because the flood waters took so long to recede, spiders who had sought asylum in the trees had just begun to spin weaves. Locals said they had never seen anything like it before.
#15 You Can See The Back Of An Owl’s Eye Through Its Ear
“Like all birds, owls lack the external ear structures found in most mammals,” photographer Jim McCormac said. “The birds’ ears are unadorned openings in their skulls, visible only when the feathers on the sides of the animals’ heads are parted. But these owls’ unusually large earholes and eyes also offer a “behind the scenes” peek at their visual system, showcasing the evolutionary adaptations in sight and hearing that make the birds so successful at stealthy nighttime hunting.”
#16 Mother And Girlfriend Found This On The Beach Today. Any Idea What It Is?
Sawfishes are large rays that are characterized by their long blade-like snouts. Along this elongated snout are lateral tooth-like testicles set inside sockets – which give the allusion of a giant chainsaw. Sawfishes use their “saw” (rostrum) during feeding time and to defend themselves. The rostrum will slash in a side-to-side motion and dislodge invertebrates from the substrate to stun fish.
#18 Grow Bigger Or Die
#19 Found A Beehive While Renovating An Old House
#20 Snake Was Electrocuted Then Bitten By Another Snake, Which Was Also Electrocuted
#21 In Case You Ever Wanted To Know What A Hedgehog Skeleton Looked Like
#22 The Fox And The Hound
#23 Believe It Or Not, This Is One Of The Least Dangerous Spiders We Have In Australia
#24 Frog With Eyes In Its Mouth As A Result Of Macromutation
A macromutation is a mutation that has made a significant impact on an organism, caused by a change in a regulatory gene that’s responsible for the expression of an array of structural genes. It’s been suggested that the cause of the mutation was the result of a parasitic infection by a trematode worm (Ribeiroia ondatrae). Trematode infections have reportedly been linked to an increasing number of amphibian limb mutations, particularly missing, malformed, and extra hind legs.
#25 Hydnora Africana
The plant grows underground, except for a fleshy flower that emerges above ground and emits an odor of feces to attract its natural pollinators, dung beetles and carrion beetles. The flowers act as temporary traps, retaining the beetles that enter long enough for them to pick up pollen.
#26 Weird Mold Growing Out Of Cat Food Can I Left In An Empty Room For 10 Days
By the looks of it, this could be a type of fungi called phycomyces. Phycomyces is not known to produce toxins, although its chemical composition has been investigated in considerable detail. It is probably safe for mammals: the fact that the dung of small mammals is the best natural source for Phycomyces spores suggests a regular consumption as food.
#27 The Assassin Bug – The Ferocious Bug That Sucks Prey Dry And Wears Their Corpses
#28 Lactarius Rubidius Growing Out Of Fox Skull
#29 This Fascinating Creature, A Deep-Sea Squid, Was Video Taped By Shell Out In The Perdido Area Of Alaminos Canyon, At 7800 Ft.
#30 Just Going To Run