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Animal Eyes: Extreme Close-Ups! 2

5 Albino Tiger Python

Did you know that the Albino Tiger Python is the world's longest reptile species? They can grow up to around seven meters long – Yikes! This species is found predominantly in Southeast Asia.

As you can see, their pupil has an unusual marbled pattern and is very circular in shape. Although their light coloring may seem like a disadvantage, it actually works well to help them fit into their natural jungle environment. If you’re a little faint-hearted when it comes to snakes, then perhaps it’s best you don’t read the next bit! Albino Tiger Pythons have been known to cause quite a few human deaths. Although some accounts have not been proven, it is believed that this species of snake has swallowed human beings whole – Crazy!

6 Stingray

Stingrays are found in tropical and subtropical marine waters throughout the world. There are eight different families of stingray, and they are categorized depending on their appearance and habitat.

Stingrays often hide from predators among the sand, and one of the reasons they can do this is because of their flat shape. Stingrays cannot actually see their prey, and this is because their eyes are located on top of their body, and their mouth is located on the underside of their body. This means stingrays must use other senses, such as smell and electroreceptors to locate their food.

An interesting fact about stingrays is that the females are able to store sperm and not give birth until they decide the timing is right. Looking at this close-up photograph of a stingray’s pupil, it reminds us of the eyes of other marine life such as fish.

7 Lark

A Lark is a small- to medium-sized bird, commonly found in parts of Australia and in some parts of North America. They often live in drier habitats, and unlike most birds, they build their nests close to, or on the ground. Larks are even recognized as pets in China!

The birds are even taught to mimic the voice of other birds and animals. Looking at this close-up of their pupil, you will notice that they have quite a fierce-looking eye. We wouldn't want to get on a Lark’s bad side!

The Lark might have a dull brown appearance, however this serves to camouflage them well from their predators.

8 Iguana

The Iguana is a species of lizard native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, Fiji, Tonga and islands in the Caribbean. Did you know that Iguanas have a third eye? Not to be confused with an eyeball of course, but the species’ ‘third eye’ is known as the parietal eye, and it is visible as a pale scale on the top of the head.

The Iguana might have a pretty scary-looking eye, but they also have fantastic vision. Iguanas can see shapes, shadows, colors, and movement clearly even at long distances. They are able to use their excellent vision to make their way through crowded forests in search of hard-to-find food.

Iguanas also use eye signals to communicate with other Iguanas – Impressive, right? Another interesting fact about the Iguana is that their eardrum is located directly behind the eye.

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