In the spirit of the season, we’re celebrating nature that often elicits alarm. Creepy, crawling, nocturnal nature. Amphibians (like the Surinam horned frog), reptiles, and phases of the moon. We want to see what you can find. So crawl up in the attic, take a late-night walk and take your best shot. Fear not, it’s actually quite amazing.
Our editorial team will choose the best submissions based on appeal, composition, originality, and technical quality. A group of chosen shots for this assignment will be posted on this page and one will even be featured.
Please choose your photos wisely. We can only consider a maximum of two submissions per contributor. Get us your favorite.
Green tree python, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois
A wood tick "questing" on a blade of grass in upstate New York.
Reticulated python, Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo
Noseleaf bat, Danum Valley conservation area in Sabah, Borneo
Black vulture, Everglades National Park, Florida
Northern water snake, New York
European mantis, New York.
Predator/Prey. Colubrid snake and frog. Predators may induce fear, but they play a fundamental role in the ecosystem by ensuring that prey populations are kept under control. Sápara Indigenous Territory, Pastaza Province, Ecuador
Caiman, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Wasp spider, Pavia, Italy.
Golden Garden spider
Beautiful snake in the back yard.
Myfanwy A J Thomas
Spider in the garden, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.
Dew-kissed spider web, England.
Face-like Jack-o-lantern rock and spider.
Snake, Central Park Zoo, New York
Silkworm moth, Marbella, Spain.
European garden spider, Heidelberg, Germany.
Cope's parrot snake, La Selva Biological Research Station, Costa Rica.
Venusta orchard spider, Baldwin, New York.
Harvestmen, a.k.a. daddy long-legs, La Selva Biological Research Station, Costa Rica.
Hawk, Westchester County, New York
Sulawesi flying fox, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Barbara F. McManus
White-backed vulture at sunset, Royal Malewane, Thornybush Reserve, South Africa.
Spider, Saint Helena Island, South Carolina.
Ecuadorian purple tarantula from the forested trails of San Jose de Payamino, Orellana, Ecuador.
Snake at the creek, Colorado.
Merapi volcano with lightning, one of the most active volcanos of the world, Indonesia.