The Five Scariest Eyes in the Animal Kingdom
Mar 13, 2014 • All articles

The Five Scariest Eyes in the Animal Kingdom

The scariest eyes in the animal kingdom can be found in jungles dense and dark, in skies gray and tempestuous, and even in oceans murky and deep. These sets of eyes are indeed spooky ones best seen from afar, if at all.

5. Vampire Bats

If you’re unlucky enough to find yourself up close and personal with one of these little guys, their black, beady eyes will certainly deliver quite a fright— especially when mixed with their high-pitched shriek and blood-sucking teeth. Even scarier is that the common vampire bat has specialized thermoreceptors on its nose to help locate where the blood flows closest under the skin of its prey.

4. Black Jaguars

Picture this: You’re taking a nice, somewhat apprehensive stroll through the rain forest at night when you hear a slight ruffle in the brush. You glance over and see an animal with completely black fur, but large yellow eyes and teeth. There goes your nice walk. Interestingly, black jaguars may produce either black or spotted cubs, but a pair of spotted jaguars can only produce spotted cubs.

3. Owls

Like jaguars, owls also possess an unsettling, clandestinely watchful demeanor. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their sockets, so they must turn their entire head to look elsewhere.

2. Anglerfish

No list of the scariest eyes in the animal kingdom would be complete without including at least one fish found in the deepest depths of the sea. Anglerfish possess not only one of the most horrifying mouths in nature, but also eyes that are extra spooky because they are highlighted by a bioluminescent esca, a fleshy growth attached to the center of their foreheads that hangs over their mouths to help them attract prey.

1. Lemurs

Like bats, lemurs are another small animal that have some extremely freaky eyes. Indigenous to the island of Madagascar, and perhaps made a bit less scary by the DreamWorks Animation movies, lemurs often have disproportionately large red or fluorescent-colored eyes that’ll certainly put the fear of the jungle in you. The word “lemur,” in fact, is derived from the word lemures, meaning ‘ghosts’ or ‘spirits’ in Roman mythology. Does it get any spookier than that?

Human eyes are typically only “scary”, when your vision is so blurry you can’t see anything around you, including your lost pair of glasses. Fortunately, blurry vision can be corrected by contacting the experts at LASIK MD.

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