This Top 10 contenders are about to give you a serious case of eyelash envy. (And we don’t like to pick favourites, but you’ve got to check out the lashes on that secretary bird!)
1. SECRETARY BIRD
Are these not the most flutteringly fabulous eyelashes, er, modified feathers, you’ve ever seen?
2. EYELASH VIPER
This brightly coloured viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) gets its common name from the distinctive modified scales over its eyes, which are thought to help with camouflage.
Long necks, long lashes … everything about giraffes is OTT. The eyelashes are also great at keeping pesky ants out of the giraffes’ eyes and sensing the thorns on their favourite acacia trees.
Of course the planet’s largest land animal has supersized eyelashes!
So voluminous are these camel eyelashes that there’s plenty of room for a few winged eyelash hitchhikers (look closely). Yes, we’re stretching the definition of eyelashes ever so slightly with these last two spots on the list – all in the name of variety and inclusiveness.
They might not be quite as impressive as the hornbill’s, but these lashes deserve a spot on the list just because they encircle the biggest eyeballs of any land animal.
7. FEATHERED HORN BEETLE
The fan-like antennae of the feathered horn beetle (Rhipicera femorata) look like some fabulously flamboyant eyelashes.
Just look at these lush llama lashes (they practically invite excessive alliteration).
You need a great set of lashes to keep out the glare of the relentless Australian sun.
10. GROUND HORNBILL
No volumising mascara needed here! Of course, keep in mind that since birds don’t have hair, these amazing ‘eyelashes’ are actually modified feathers.