Animal Eyes, Up Close and Personal

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green toad eye photo
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In people, they say the eyes are the windows to the soul -- and that same saying could apply to animals, too. From the rainbow-colored compact lens of a horsefly and the gentle eyes of a giraffe to the tiny beads on an elephant and the thoughtful look of an owl, these closeups offer a rare look at the personality of animals all over the world.

Green Toad

And this photo, taken by Matt Reinbold of the eye of his pet green toad, Diapeem, shows that you might be able to find these shots even closer to home than you think.

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Photo via Furryscaly @ Flickr