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Looking Into the Eyes of a Tarsier

Taking a look at this you probably have two questions. One is what is a tarsier and the other why would you want to look into its eyes? Well, first of all, a tarsier is a small nocturnal primate which is about the size of a squirrel. Its home is the rainforests of southeastern Asia and it’s the only fully predatory primate in the world. Its diet consists of lizards and insects.

Now about those eyes. This remarkable creature has the most enormous eyes, certainly the largest of any mammal when considering its size. Their amazing eyes can be turned in their sockets and due to this the tarsier has a flexible neck and can rotate its head 180 degrees so it can see the entire world it lives in. Its ability to rotate its head in this way is the same as for an owl, to make sure that it sees all possible prey and protect itself from predators. The eyes of the tarsier weigh more than its brain and therefore it has precise eyesight and great night vision.

  • Aren’t those eyes just so expressive?

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  • Have you ever seen a tarsier at the zoo?

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