Looking Into the Eyes of a Tarsier
Daytona Beach, Florida
March 13, 2019 10:31pm CST
Taking a look at this you probably have two questions. One is what is a tarsier and the other why would you want to look into its eyes? Well, first of all, a tarsier is a small nocturnal primate which is about the size of a squirrel. Its home is the rainforests of South Eastern Asia and it’s the only fully predatory primate in the world. Its diet consists of lizards and insects. Now about those eyes. This remarkable creature has the most enormous eyes, certainly the largest of any mammal when considering its size. Their amazing eyes can be turned in their sockets and due to this the tarsier has a flexible neck and can rotate its head 180 degrees so it can see the entire world it lives in. Its ability to rotate its head in this way is the same as for an owl, to make sure that it sees all possible prey and protect itself from predators. The eyes of the tarsier weigh more than its brain and therefore it has precise eyesight and great night vision. To the tarsier, I chose to dedicate a song from 1938 sung by Ethel Waters “ Jeepers Creepers” in which the lyrics ask Where did you get those peepers? It was a popular jazz type of song and got another hit in popularity when it was included in the 1975 documentary film “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” with a version by Louis Armstrong. Who has seen the tarsier at a zoo? Who knows this song?
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• United States
@RasmaSandra are people allowed to have them as a pet who do live in Asia? Being a vegetarian I can't stand to feed animals things they need like a snake eating a mouse or a tarantula eating crickets so unfortunately my kids can't have some pets that they want.
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I love this little fellow as he is adorable! And those eyes are amazing! Perfect song for this post! i have heard just the word jeepers creepers in this song, didn't know the rest but am happy i know to know it now!