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Nick Byrd Egyptian Fruit Bat
Transcript of Nick Byrd Egyptian Fruit Bat
By Nick Byrd Physical Characteristics Fur - soft brown color
Wings - feels like pantyhose
Body - is about 6 inch long
Wing span - about 2 feet
Weight - about .35 lbs
Eyes - large eyes with good sight
Nose - dog like muzzle with great sense of smell
Life span - 10 years in the wild, 20 years in captivity
Male bats - are larger than females
Long tongues - to get nectar from flowers
Thumbs - on top of their wings so they can climb
and pull themselves on the ground.
Fruit bats are NOT classified as endangered Reproduction One baby per year, rarely twins
Gestation period - 115 to 120 days
Newborns hang off their mother's body while she flies to find food
Young bats are carried by mother for up to 6 weeks
Young bats are able to roost on their own in about 6 weeks
Young bats begin to fly at 3 months of age
Young bats are adults in 9 months of age
Female bats don't have babies until about 2 years old
Young bats stay with colony as their parents for their whole lives
The mother bat takes care of the young Flying Video Habitat They are not territorial
They live in colonies and stay there their whole life
Their colonies are usally inside caves and in trees
Fruit bats live in warm climates near water
Warm climates offer a year round fruit/flower suppy for the bats to survive
Fruit bats are nocturnal (sleep during the day and hunt at night) Fruit bats live are found in Africa, but not in the desert of the Sahara, and throughout the Middle East as far as Northern India. Where Egyptian Fruit Bats Live Fruit Bat Cave Video Video from India Cleveland Zoo Bat Habitat Reveiw The bat enclosure was large so they could fly around.
The enclosure also had lots of trees so they could climb on and play.
The fruit supply was plentiful.
Enclosure had plenty of water using a pond.
There was a branch for bats to use to reach the water in the pond.
Enclosure also had dark spots for the bats to feel like it was night time.
There was also an information notebook about the bats that visitors could read.
The enclosure had enough light that vistors could see.
The enclosure was clean and did not smell. Photos from Cleveland Zoo Fruit Bat Diet Their diet is soft pulpy fruit such as apples, mangos, and oranges.
Most of their diet consist of unripe and insect - and fungus - damaged fruit.
Eating damaged fruit allows them to thrive in habitats where ripe fruit are not avalible all year
They can store food in their cheeks for eating later.
They pollinate flowers .
They eat nectar with their long tongue. Fruit Bat Predators Snakes
Hawks Physical Adaptations Behavior Adaptations Egyptian Bat Vet Video Man's Impact On Fruit Bats The fruit bat is not endangerd, but the fruit bat population is going down because of deforestation.
The population is also going down because of farmers poisoning fruit bats in trees and caves.
Fruit farmers poison fruit bats because they claim that they destroy their crops. That is not totally correct because fruit bats mostly eat fruit that is unripe and has been damaged by insects. These are fruits the farmer cannot sell anyway.
If humans keep killing bats than some areas will not have bats to pollinate the areas. Interesting Facts Bats are the only flying mammal .
Fruit bats can be very clumsy in their landings, so people don't think that they have good eye sight. The problem isn't with their eye sight but with their balance. They have to run into something such as a tree or a bush in order to stop themselves. They rarely harm themselves in this process.