Did you know that jaguar cubs are born blind and open their eyes after about two weeks? Like most cats jaguars have eyes that have adapted for night hunting. Their eyeshine is caused by a mirror-like structure in their eye called the tapetum lucidum and this gives off that glow. It reflects the light into the retinas which doubles the jaguar's ability to see. They also have more rods (the light sensors of the eye) than cones (the color sensors of the eye) compared to us humans. They can also see six times better than humans can at night. Jaguars see less detail and color in the daylight but they have sharp vision at night.
Celebrate World Jaguar Day on April 10th!