We are familiar with the animal BAT, but do you know that among the bats, there is sub type known as FRUIT BAT? According to Wikipedia, Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera. With their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals capable of true and sustained flight. Bats are more manoeuvrable than birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered with a thin membrane or patagium. There are 1200 different species of bat and the FRUIT BAT is distinguished with its ability to sustain on fruit. A FRUIT BAT also known as a MEGA BAT belongs to the family Pteropodidae or family Phyllostomidae.
They most likely emerged from Australasia, with the regular progenitor of all living pteropodids existing around 31 million years prior. A significant number of their genealogies most likely began in Melanesia, at that point scattered over Asia, the Mediterranean, and Africa. Today, they are found in tropical and subtropical zones of Eurasia, Africa, and Oceania. They are the largest bat specie and are differentiated by their dog like face. They are active like other bats at night though some might be active during the day. Fruit bats are not visually impaired; they utilize their eyes to help them select the organic product among the leaves of the tree. Their sense of hearing is high and a superb feeling of smell and can smell fruits multiple miles away. Bats are vertebrates, warm blooded and they can fly. They not only eat fruits, but leaves and flowers as well.
When feeding, they drink the juice of the fruits and let out the mash. Fruit bats experience difficulty getting into the air whenever captured on the ground, so they feed on natural product in the trees specifically. If the fruit drops, they won’t follow it to the ground. They get their water by skimming over waterways and lakes and along these lines try not to need to land.
They perch by hanging upside down with their wings folded over their bodies and, as other bats, they rest during the day and feed around evening time.
FUN FACTS ABOUT FRUIT BATS
- The very long wings of the Fruit Bat do much more than just allow it to fly. They also allow them to stay warm during roosting. They wrap up in those wings to conserve their body heat. They live in colonies that are very large in size because they feel safer with numbers. Inside of each colony of Fruit Bats though you will find various sub colonies. Each of them has one male and approximately eight females. They form very close bonds with their sub groups.
DIET AND FEEDING HABITS
- They use both vision and smell to find food.
There are hundreds of known types of fruits that grow on plants and trees that the Fruit Bat is able to consume. They don’t eat all of the fruit though like so many people believe that they do. Instead, they use their teeth to crush into the fruit. Then they will consume the nectar.
They use both vision and smell to find food. There is one known subspecies though that is believed to rely on echolocation to find their sources of food. A Fruit Bat can both linger in air and eat or they can land and eat it. The larger they are in size though the more difficult it is to consume food without landing first.
- Once mating has occurred they will carry the young in their bodies for about six months. The females give birth to only one young at a time. It is going to be fully dependent upon her as the wings are not strong enough until they are six weeks old. The young will stay with their mother, even when she goes out in search of food. Fruit bats don’t take part in mating when they are struggling for a habitat or food.
- Due to the location where the Fruit Bar lives they don’t have too many natural predators. Sometimes they do encounter them though depending on their location. Various types of birds including the hawk and eagle can attack them while still in flight. Sometimes in the trees they may be eaten by snakes or weasels.
Sometimes in the trees they may be eaten by snakes or weasels.
In some areas the Fruit Bat lives very close to humans. Therefore it is possible for house cats to get them as well. In fact, some people don’t even know they have bats living in their trees until they end up finding their cat carrying one around with them.
Humans are also predators of the Fruit Bat. People that realize they have such creatures living in their trees take measures to get rid of them.
Notwithstanding, as part of the ecosystem, Fruit bats help in the spread of seedlings across their environments. Now you know.