15 ANIMALS THAT CAN SEE IN THE DARK 

OWLS They require excellent night vision because they hunt at night. They could seriously injure their eyes if they were to fly into trees. They have huge eyes to gather as much light as they can. Many people are unaware that their hearing aids enable them to locate prey in the darkness.

BATS The echolocation is a unique adaptation that bats use to live in darkness. They use sound to see the outside world. This ability is not available to all bats. Many fruit bats are unable to echolocate and rely instead on their night vision. Like owls and fruit bats, they have large eyes which collect as much light possible to enable them to see in darkness.

ALLIGATORS Alligators can also be nocturnal. Their eyes are highly reflective and have a layer that maximizes light collection. This allows them to see well in the dark.

SHARKS Most sharks have a nocturnal or crepuscular activity (active between dawn and dusk). These are the most active hours for ocean predators. Nearly all sharks are able to see well in the darkness because they are so active at night.

DOMESTIC CATS Everyone who has ever owned a cat knows how active they can become at night. Cats are naturally active at night, which is why they have the best night vision anywhere.

TARSIERS These tiny Asian primates are known for their huge eyes that take up the majority of their heads. They are the only primate that is exclusively carnivorous. They love insects but will also eat small birds, snakes and lizards. They are active most of the time at night because their prey is mostly active at night. They can see clearly in the dark rainforest night thanks to their large eyes.

DUNG BEETLES It is probably not surprising that dung beetles can see at night. Dung beetles, like many insects, are most active at night. To stay safe, they require excellent night vision because they fly to their next meal.

COCKROACH Unfortunately, we will be talking about cockroaches. They are a nuisance that almost everyone hates and can be difficult to eradicate. Cockroaches are able to see at lower light levels than most other insects because they have the highest light sensitive receptors.

MOTHS Moths can be thought of as nighttime butterflies. They are closely related, and one of the most striking differences between them and butterflies is their ability to adapt to nightlife.

RACCOONS It should not be surprising. Raccoons can be seen very rarely during the day but are everywhere at night. They are very sensitive to smell and have excellent eyesight in dark.

FOXES Foxes look a little different. They are small enough to be prey for predators such as hawks and eagles. Being nocturnal is an excellent survival strategy. It is also easier for them to find their favourite foods at night, such as insects and small rodents. Foxes have excellent night vision.

MOUNTAIN LIONS These large cats hunt at night. They are similar to your tabby cat in that they can see well at night. While all cats can see well at night, few cats possess the predatory skills of the mountainlion.

CUTTLEFISH They are related to squid and octopi and are well-known for their amazing colors and high intelligence. They can see in the dark as well as during the day. Squid and octopus also see in the dark. These animals are most active after dark, when hunting is easier.

PIT VIPERS Most pit vipers are able to see clearly. This is a necessity because not all their prey are warm-blooded, so it may be difficult to spot them using just body heat. You'll be able to see their eyes if you look closely. They function much the same as cats' eyes.

FROGS Frogs have large, bulging eyes. These eyes are great for night vision. Out of necessity, most frog species are night-seen. They hunt insects, snails and worms at night, as well as birds and mice. They need to be able to see well at night, which is why they have big frog eye.