What’s the difference between a predator’s eyes and their prey’s?

by OBDK on September 03, 2021

Have you ever wondered why the eyes of a predator and the eyes of their prey look different? 


The placement of their eyes gives them different advantages and disadvantages to survive. For example, a predator’s eyes will be located toward the front of the skull and are closer together. This helps them with depth perception, which gives them an edge when they launch themselves at their prey – they’re going to be more accurate. However, this comes with the downside of poor peripheral vision


Meanwhile, prey species have eyes that are more to the side of their skull. This gives them better peripheral vision so they can detect predators from all sides and get away. They have the opposite disadvantage as their predators and have poor eyesight directly in front of them


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