In A Bats Eye (Cuba)

jdmphotography

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom

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Bat Macro….

Part of the Cuban experience…

Fruit bats,

Adaptations: Fruit bats, like other bats, have very long, webbed fingers that serve as wings. Fruit bats also have very good senses of smell and sight (contrary to the myth that all bats are blind).

Reproductive Cycles and Family Habits: Fruit bats tend to live in large colonies, or “camps.” Within these camps, one male fruit bats usually lives with up to eight female bats.

Behavior: Fruit bats are nocturnal, and hang from their feet during the day. They may hang with their wings wrapped around their bodies, or, if it is hot, may use their wings to fan themselves. Although fruit bats are good at flying, landing is another story! Fruit bats can’t land gracefully, and instead must crash into bushes or trees to come to a stop, or try to latch onto a branch as they pass by. Sometimes these crash-landings disturb other fruit bats at the site, and cause noisy fights amongst them.

Diet: Fruit bats, as their name hints, consume fruit and flowers. These bats usually suck on the flowers and fruit, then swallow the nectar or juice and spit out the remaining pulp.

Habitat: Dense forest areas.

Predators: Humans sometimes eat bats.

Threats to Survival: Habitat destruction is one big threat to the survival of many types of fruit bats. Storms, and hunting also contribute to the endangerment of some species.

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