Bats of Asia

Asia is a vast region, boasting an amazing diversity of bat species and habitat. The region is home to at least 448 of the world’s 1,300+ species of bats. These range from the world’s smallest bat, called the bumblebee bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai), to the largest bat on the planet (by weight), the golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus).
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Did you know there are flying foxes in Japan? The Ryukyu flying fox is a forest species with a diet consisting mainly of figs. This species is also found in Taiwan and the Philippines. In Japan they roost throughout the islands, and have also been seen in urban areas, where people have planted the same fruiting trees that this bat prefers as a food source.

Did you know there are flying foxes in Japan? The Ryukyu flying fox is a forest species with a diet consisting mainly of figs. This species is also found in Taiwan and the Philippines. In Japan they roost throughout the islands, and have also been seen in urban areas, where people have planted the same fruiting trees that this bat prefers as a food source.

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"Hey...how's your Tuesday goin'?" Well, that's what we think these Lesser False Vampire #Bats might be saying....  Don't let their common name confuse you! This species feeds mainly on large insects (moths, grasshoppers etc.) and sometimes small vertebrates (such as lizards). False vampires do not drink blood, as their name implies.

"Hey...how's your Tuesday goin'?" Well, that's what we think these Lesser False Vampire #Bats might be saying.... Don't let their common name confuse you! This species feeds mainly on large insects (moths, grasshoppers etc.) and sometimes small vertebrates (such as lizards). False vampires do not drink blood, as their name implies.

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Not all #bats eat insects. Some, like this false vampire bat, eat other mammals like mice & even other bats!

Not all #bats eat insects. Some, like this false vampire bat, eat other mammals like mice & even other bats!

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