Friday, June 27, 2014

Creature Feature #251: Fruit Bat

Fruit Bats, also known as Flying Foxes, are large tropical bats characterised by their fox-like muzzles. As the name suggests, her diet predominantly consists of fruit, nectar, pollen and sap. Unlike other bat species, Fruit Bats do not possess echolocation, relying instead on their well-developed eyesight and strong sense of smell. She can roam over 60 kms in search of food. Fruit bats are social roosters, gathering together in the same tree to sleep during the day. They are very noisy, and can be damaging to trees in the area. Recently a flock had to be evicted from the Sydney Botanic Gardens as they were threatening the palm trees growing there.

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