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About Fruit Bats
Yum! Fruit Bat Eating Fruit
are some of the most popular bats in the world– they are furry,
cute mammals and do not inspire the fear that some people have of
bats. In this article, we will explore some fruit bat
facts that you may not know about, for example, did you know
that another name for a fruit bat is a ‘megabat’? If not,
then this article will definitely help you learn a little bit more
about this ever-so-popular bat!
bats are generally dubbed megabats that does not always mean that
the bat is going to be large. Actually, fruit bats have some
of the smallest bats in the world in their family, the very smallest
being just six centimeters long. Megabats do have some
larger bats in their family as well, some of them having a wing span
of about five feet and weighing in at about two pounds, so the
largeness of the megabat group really does vary.
bat has an excellent sense of smell. While many people believe
all bats are blind, fruit bats are really the only bats that do not
have the best sight, they mostly do everything with their nose. The
other group of bats called ‘microbats’ (the bats that eat
insects) have excellent sight, especially at night.
diet contains mostly just fruit and no insects or blood at all. They
do tend to feed from flowers, taking a cue from the butterfly and
eating the sweet nectar out of the flowers, but generally speaking a
fruit bat will stick to just fruit. Now, the fruit does not
always have to be whole, there are many fruit bats that love to lick
the juices from crushed fruit, but if they have to, these bats do
have teeth which allow them to bite through the hard fruit skins if
bats will sometimes eat an entire fruit piece whole, for they have a
larger mouth, bigger teeth and they are able to swallow a larger
fruit whole. The smaller fruit bats will just hover and flap
their wings in front of the fruit or flower, stealing bites from the
fruit or some of that sweet nectar from the flower.
speaking, fruit bats can be found anywhere in the world!
Although, they mostly like to stay in the tropical areas because not
only do the tropics have an abundance of fruit, but also they have
the heat. Bats do not, by nature, like the cold weather and
while some bat species are willing to hibernate, the fruit bat or
megabat is not one of them. This is one of the main reasons
why you will find more bats in places like Hawaii, Mexico and the
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