Whether you think of squirrels as cute fur balls that chase each other across treetops or pests that occasionally invade your attic and chew their way through everything, squirrels are very interesting creatures. My personal fascination with squirrels is old news of course. So when I was reading about how animals see differently from humans, the first question that popped into my head was whether squirrels have good eyesight? Here’s what I found:
Yes, squirrels have excellent vision in the daylight. In fact, compared to other rodents, they fare extremely well in the vision department. Squirrels have great focal eyesight and their peripheral vision is equally sharp. This means that squirrels can see what is next to them or above them without having to move their heads. This helps a squirrel stay alert to changes in its environment, making it easier to detect predators. Squirrels have a hard time seeing in dark, night time conditions.