9 Animals With Enhanced Infrared Vision

Vampire Bats

Vampire bats feed on mammalian blood. Infrared-detecting nasal pit organs in vampire bats. This aids hunting. Vampire bats inhabit Central, South, and Mexico. Their bite is harmless but can spread rabies.


Goldfish can sense movement in the water and target crustaceans, plankton, and insects despite their timid appearance. Wild goldfish can see infrared and UV light and weigh 5 pounds.


Mosquitoes feed on blood and use infrared to detect body heat. Only females bite humans and animals. Male mosquitoes only eat plant fluids, but females need blood to lay eggs.


Pit vipers get their name from their pit organs. Prey-detecting organs. Eggs, birds, tiny mammals, and reptiles (depending on size). Cottonmouths live in the South and Southeast.


Rattlesnakes, like other Pit Vipers, can feel the effects of heat very quickly. They can sense heat even in total darkness thanks to this membrane's sensitivity. Rattlesnakes are native to the Americas.


Pythons can detect infrared from warm prey up to 1 metre distant using pit organs. Nonvenomous snakes constrict and crush victims. Pythons are one of the oldest snake species, living up to 30 years in the wild.


Bullfrogs can see above and underwater. Infrared-seeing eyes convert vitamin A1 to A2. Bullfrogs perceive red and infrared with this enzyme. Bullfrogs can lengthen. Small animals and insects are consumed.

Mantis shrimp

Colorful mantis shrimp aren't shrimp despite their name. Stomatopods are linked to shrimp, lobsters, and crabs. Their three pseudo-pupils are stacked. The mantis shrimp use dactyl clubs to shatter and pound their prey.

Black fire beetle

Black fire beetles have infrared sensors. This insect uses infrared light to detect forest fires. Their wood-eating larvae can only grow in freshly burned trees.

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