Different Bat Faces

Contrary to popular opinion, not all bats look the same.

Fringed-lipped Bat


The fringed-lipped bat is found in Central and South America from Mexico to Brazil. It has bumps on its lips that look like warts and a muzzle. Its color is mainly reddish brown, but it does have some gray on its belly. The fur is long and woolly and the bay weighs only about 32 grams. It has a short tail and its nose has serrated edges. The teeth consist of four lower incisors and six upper incisors. They are found near ponds and streams roosting in hollow logs and trees, but sometimes in caves. They mate during the dry season, which in the Tropics is from June to January.

Vampire Bat

This species is found in South and Central America and are so called because they feed on blood. They have a short cone-shaped muzzle and instead of a nose they have pads on the lip with U-shaped grooves. They have short ears and tails and hunt only when it is fully dark. The saliva contains a special component that increases the amount of blood that comes from the prey.

Bulldog Bat

This bat species has a face that looks just like that of a bulldog. It can be found near water from Mexico to Argentina. Since its habitat is near water, it is often called the Fisherman Bat. The fur ranges in color from orange to brown and the head can be 7 to 14 cm. in length. The bulldog features of the bat`s face are due to the pouches in their cheeks in which they store food. They do feed on insects, although one member of this species, the Greater Bulldog, does trawl the water for fish.

Mindoro Stripe-Faced Fruit Bat

This is a new species of bat that was discovered in 2007. It is native to the Pacific island of Mindoro and has been nicknamed the “flying fox.” It has a face just like that of a fox, but its modified forearms enable it to fly. It has short legs ending in claws and large ears.

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2 Responses to “Different Bat Faces”
  1. Betty Carew Says...

    On April 18, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Excellent article Frances , mind you not my favorite animal lol but the article is very informative , lots of information I didn’t know.

  2. Elizabeth Abbott Says...

    On April 24, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Wow! These little critters are surely different! Good article.

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