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Order Chiroptera

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The Skeleton of a Bat
The Skeleton of a Bat

Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus)
Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus)
Well adapted for its lifestyle, the vampire bat has very sharp triangular-shaped front teeth, which cut like a razor. Unlike other bats, vampire bats can walk, run, and hop along the ground.

Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
The hoary is a fairly large and distinctly marked bat with long, narrow wings. It is 5-6 inches long, has an average wingspan of about 17 inches, and weighs up to 1.25 ounces. There is a distinctive yellowish-brown collar under its chin, as well as distinctive white patches on the shoulders and wrists.

Noctule Bat (Nyctalus noctula)
Noctule Bat (Nyctalus noctula)
One of the largest bats in Europe, the noctule ranges from 2 to 4 inches in length, with a tail of 1-2 inches, and weighs -1 ounces.

Family Pteropidae -- Flying Foxes
Family Pteropidae -- Flying Foxes
The flying fox is so named because its head somewhat resembles that of the fox. Its eyes are large, because, unlike the insect-eating bats, which find their way about by using echolocation, flying foxes depend on sight.

Rodrigues Fruit Bat (Pteropus rodricensis)
Rodrigues Fruit Bat (Pteropus rodricensis)
One of the world's largest bats, the Rodrigues fruit bat is 5 to 7 inches long, has a wingspan of 3 feet and weighs approximately 13 ounces. Less than 2% of the bats' original forest habitat remains, making this one of the rarest mammals on earth.

Malayan Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus)
Malayan Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus)
One of the world’s largest bats, the Malayan flying fox can attain a wing-span of over six feet and weight of well over 2.5 pounds. Although its species name may suggest otherwise, it is a strict vegetarian that feeds on fruits, flowers,nectar, pollen, leaves.

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