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Snakes can optimize their vision when they perceive a threat by controlling the blood flow in their eyes, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.
When Kevin van Doorn found himself setting up an experiment to investigate how snakes' eyes are able to focus at the beginning of his PhD in Jacob Sivak's lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada, he noticed something rather unusual: the bright light beam from the equipment lit up the eye from behind and revealed an array of tiny blood vessels branching their way across the transparent skin covering the snake's eye.
The Coachwhip or Whip Snake, Masticophis flagellum, is a non-venomous snake of the snake family Colubridae. It is found throughout the southern United States from coast to coast. They can also be found in the northern part of Mexico. They live in open grassland habitat, but may also be found in light forest habitat. Coachwhips are thin bodied snakes, with small heads and large eyes that have round pupils. They vary in color greatly, although most reflect the colors of their natural...