What Reptile Keepers Need to Know About Reptile Eyesight & Why It Matters

Did you know that reptiles perceive the world differently from humans? Their eyes are different from yours and mine, and the differences between reptile eyesight and human eyesight need to be taken into account when you’re setting up a reptile enclosure.

For example, some snakes have infrared vision which helps them detect warm-blooded prey at night. And many reptiles can see UVA, a spectrum of ultraviolet light which is invisible to humans! And some species are anatomically and instinctually programmed to pay special attention to some colors more than others.

This article goes into depth on the basics of reptile eyesight: the main components of the reptile eye, other organs that they use to perceive the world around them, what they can see, and how you can use this knowledge to improve your pet’s husbandry. Read it at The Bio Dude here: https://www.thebiodude.com/blogs/helpful-husbandry-faqs/reptile-vision-what-you-need-to-know-and-how-it-pertains-to-your-husbandry.

This article was written by Mariah Healey exclusively for use by The Bio Dude and originally published on October 5, 2020.

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