Sure, all of us have woken up screaming when confronted with nightmarish visions of the demonically surreal. But it seems ol’ mother nature is no stranger to generating the freakishly horrible every bit as well as your fevered subconscious. This is no stuff of mere legend — right here in the real world, there are all sorts of creatures to send you screaming into the night. Here are five real life terrifying creatures sure to give you nightmares.

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