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Leopard's eyelids

Leopard's eyelids
Photo Information
Copyright: Sitthivet Santikarn (Steve) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 43] (338)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 70-200 F 4 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-05 1:08
Viewed: 3507
Points: 4
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if you look carefully you'll see that the leopard has 2 eyelids per eye. The outer one shuts out all the light, but here you can see an inner eyelids as well. It appears to be transparent and it goes from nose out towards the ears. In this photo the eyelids are just about cover half of the eyes. I have a couple of photos that show this inner eyelids, possibly used to protect the eyes during fights or hunts. This is all a guess on my part, I couldn't find anything on the internet regarding leopard's second eyelids.

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Hi Steve
Lovely close-up of this most beautiful of animals. Interesting notes about the eye-lids as well.

Hi Sitthivet,

Very nice photo of the leopard. you must have been pretty close with a 200mm lens. Nice DOF and good eye contact.

Domestic dogs and cats have the second set of eyelids and I have also seen it on the raptor birds.


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