Crocodile

Crocodile

The African crocodile eye is very specialized. Having remained relatively unchanged for millions of years, the croc is an impressive hunter.

  • Croc’s have excellent night vision
  • Croc’s have vertically slit pupils that open extremely wide allowing for excellent night vision
  • Mirrored retinal receptors help croc’s see in dim and murky waters
  • The crocodile can retract their eyeballs during dangerous situations such as fights
  • Crocodiles have a nictitating membrane (third eye lid) that provides protection under water
  • Crocodile eyes are arranged so that they can see straight ahead, AND to the side and to some extent behind them
  • Crocodiles have worse vision than humans when it comes to detail, but croc’s have better night vision and sensitivity to motion than humans.