From the Winter 2011 Conservationist for Kids
What teeth and eyes tell us
By Gina Jack and Eileen Stegemann
A Predator's equipment
Coyotes (see illustration above) have forward-facing eyes for binocular vision, canines for puncturing flesh, and heavy carnassials teeth for crushing bones.
Looking at tooth marks
A beaver's incisors remove wood
Like a chisel.
Rabbits snip twigs neatly (left), while
deer shred the edges (right).
Position of the eyes
A rabbit has eyes on the side of its head
to see danger approaching from almost
Peripheral vision is what you see to the sides while you're looking straight ahead-the edges of your eyesight. How far behind you can you see? How does this compare with the rabbit, pictured to the left?
Check your peripheral vision
1. Hold your arms straight out in front of you with your thumbs pointing upwards.
2. Keep looking straight ahead while you slowly move your arms out to the sides.
3. Stop moving your arms when you can no longer see your thumbs from the corners of your eyes.