Can You Identify the Animal From Their Eyes?

J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

Think  you have an eye for this quiz? 

Well, get ready, because we're about to show you 40 different sets of eyes! Yes, eyes! Sounds a little creepy, sure, but oh how magical it will be! Like taking a walk through nature and getting up close and personal with these amazing creatures! So close in fact that you'll even see their eyelashes! If they have them that is! 

So are you ready to get started? Let's begin with a worm. No, wait, just kidding... worms don't even have any eyes, you silly squid! Oh speaking of squid... did you know that the colossal squid has the largest eye in the whole world? In fact, it measures 27 centimeters across! Good luck hiding from him! You'd be better off hiding right in front of a horse or zebra! Did you know that their eyes point sideways? Sure, this is great for peripheral vision, but that means they have a blind spot right in front of their noses! Oh brother!

Well, it's about time to get started! Think you're up for this challenge? Are you ready to look deep into these eyes to see if you can name the animals they belong to? Good luck and remember, keep your eyes on the prize!

Recognize these eyes?

Did you know that tiger cubs don't open their eyes until they are about six to fourteen days old? And if they happen to be a white Bengal or Siberian tiger, those eyes will be blue!

How about these?

Dolphins have small eye orbits, long snouts, and eyes on the sides of the head. Did you know that they sleep with one eye open? No getting around these aquatic mammals!

Which animal is this?

One general characteristic of frogs is that their eyes protrude from their face! Did you know that they actually have three eyelid membranes to protect their eyes while underwater?

Can you name this animal from its eyes?

Zebras have excellent eyesight. Like most ungulates, the zebra's eyes are on the sides of its head, giving it a wide field of view - except directly in front of their nose! Zebras also have night vision, although not as advanced as that of most of their predators.

See? This isn't so bad!

A parrot's head is quite large, with eyes positioned high and laterally in the skull, so its visual field is unlike any other bird. Without turning its head, a parrot can see from just below its bill tip, all above its head, and quite far behind its head.

Now how about this one?

Shark eyes are similar to the eyes of other vertebrates, including similar lenses, corneas and retinas. Did you know that sharks don't actually blink? They let the surrounding water cleanse their eyes!

We know you'll get this... right?

There are approximately 260 known living species of monkeys in the world. Like apes, and well, humans, they have forward-facing eyes!

But do you know this one?

Gazelles are found mostly in the deserts, grasslands and savannas of Africa. They tend to live in herds and eat less coarse, easily digestible plants and leaves.

Whose eyes are these?

Did you know that impalas have white rings around their eyes? These mammals are found in woodlands and like to inhabit places close to water.

Recognize this animal from your yard?

Squirrels have large eyes and therefore an excellent sense of vision. As a tree-dwelling species, squirrels also have a good sense of touch, with whiskers on their limbs as well as their heads.

Hope you aren't too familiar with these eyes!

Did you know that cobras and other snakes have two sets of eyes? One set is used to see, and the other to detect heat and movement. They also don’t have eyelids, just a thin membrane covering the eye.

Which animal is seen here?

If you get worried about poking your eye out, just imagine how a porcupine might feel! Porcupines are covered with a coat of sharp spines or quills, which are used for protection against predators.

Can you name these sly eyes?

Foxes have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout and a long bushy tail. Their eyes are always on the prize!

What about these?

Penguins' eyes are adapted for underwater vision and are their primary means of locating prey and avoiding predators. When penguins are out of the water, researchers believe that they are more nearsighted.

These are the eyes of a ______.

What do bears like to do with their eyes? Stare! Staring for bears is a form of aggression against predators. They also stand upright to exaggerate their size.

Only a _______ has eyes like this!

Despite manatees' large size, they actually have small, widely spaced eyes! Did you know that they have eyelids that close in a circular manner?

Whose eyes are these?

A wallaby is a small or mid-sized macropod found in Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. Its powerful hind legs are not only used for bounding at high speeds and jumping great heights, but also to administer vigorous kicks to fend off potential predators.

Can you get this one?

Did you know that spotted hyena cubs are born almost fully developed, with their eyes open and erupting incisors and canines? Striped hyenas, however, are born with closed eyes and small ears!

Look into my eyes... who am I?

Ready to be wowed? There are more than 50 BILLION chickens in the world! Their eyes are perched on the sides of their heads.

Recognize these eyes?

Whales' eyes are placed on the sides of the head, and while the eyes are small in size compared to body size, whales do have reasonably good eyesight. They rely more on other senses, however.

Whose eyes will spot you from far, far away?

Hawks have four types of color receptors in the eye. These give hawks the ability to perceive not only the visible range, but also the ultraviolet part of the spectrum. They have five times better vision than humans.

Are you tall enough to see these eyes?

Located on the sides of the head, the giraffe's large, bulging eyes give it good all-round vision from its great height. Giraffes see in color and their senses of hearing and smell are also sharp.

Whose eyes are these?

When an elephant is newborn, its eyesight is very poor. It relies on touch, smell and hearing, as well as the support of its mother to find its way. Elephant eyes lack a tear ducts and rely on the harderian gland to keep them moist!

These are the eyes of a _______.

Ducks are part of the waterfowl family Anatidae. This family also includes swans and geese. Ducks can be found in both fresh and sea water.

And these eyes?

Nearly all deer have a facial gland in front of each eye. The gland contains a strongly scented pheromone and is used to mark its home range. Deer have good night vision.

Recognize these eyes?

Did you know that the eyes, ears and nostrils of hippos are placed high on their heads? This allows these organs to remain above the surface while the rest of the body submerges.

Surely you know these eyes?

Although dogs come in all shapes, sizes, fur coats and colors, there is one aspect that is almost always the same. Dogs tend to have brown eyes!

And most definitely, you know these eyes!

As you may know, cats have excellent night vision, much better than humans. Similar to humans, cats have protective blink reflexes to protect their eyes from damage.

But these? Are you familiar with these eyes?

Goats have horizontal, slit-shaped pupils. Because goats' irises are usually pale, their contrasting pupils are much more noticeable than other animals', whose similarly horizontal pupils blend into a dark iris.

How about these eyes?

Pelicans are very large birds with very long bills characterized by a down-curved hook at the end of the upper mandible, and the attachment of a huge gular pouch to the lower. When they spot prey with their eyes, they use this long bill to secure their food.

Which animal's eyes are seen here?

Did you know that camels have a transparent third eyelid? This is used for their protection in the desert. If sand gets lodged in their eyes, they can dislodge it with this eyelid!

Can you name these eyes?

Seals have very well-developed senses. Did you know that their eyesight and hearing are adapted for both air and water?

These eyes belong to a _______.

Flamingos are categorized as a type of wading bird. With two eyes, two wings, and two legs, they typically only stand on one of them! They tuck the other leg beneath their bodies!

Keep going now, whose eyes are these?

Did you know that turkeys have better peripheral vision than humans? They also have excellent daylight vision, which comes in handy when their hearing is impaired by wind or rain!

Look into these eyes... Who am I?

Sheep have horizontal slit pupils. They have poor depth perception, but they can see behind them without turning their heads.

You may not want to lock eyes with this animal. What is it?

Well here's an interesting fact about lions - did you know that they are actually born blind? Their eyes do not open until roughly a week after birth!

WHOOOO is this?

Owls have forward-facing eyes with a facial disc around each eye. Unlike many other birds of prey, the forward-facing eyes allow the owl to have a greater sense of depth perception for low-light hunting.

Which large animal is seen here?

Rhinos are known for their keen sense of smell and hearing, but they apparently have poor vision. The white and greater one-horned rhinos are the third and fourth largest land mammals, behind the African and Asian elephant. All four species have eyes that are much smaller than one would think, based on body size!

Can you name these eyes?

Cows' eyes are located on the sides of their heads. This means that when they have their heads down to graze, they can see almost 360 degrees. As they raise their heads, the sides of their bodies create a blind spot behind them.

Whose eyes are these?

Compared to humans, hedgehogs have poor eyesight. Their limited eyesight allows them to see the outlines of objects, such as a tree, and their color vision is limited to shades of cream and brown.

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