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The left eye of a female Alligator guarding her nest.

Alligators have a heavy duty eye lid to protect the eye. Separately, they have a vertical slit for a pupil as seen in this picture.

And no, I was not comfortable being 4 feet away from the Alligator to take this picture. Particularly since I know that this Alligator has her eggs buried in an underwater nest near by.

2006 by Peter Schulz