The Spectral Bat is a fascinating creature, with many interesting traits. Here are some quick facts about them.
The Spectral Bat is also known as the False Vampire Bat.
They are carnivorous animals, but do not only survive on blood like their close relatives, vampire bats.
Spectral Bats are native to South and Central America.
They are the largest species of microbat, with a wingspan of over 80cm long.
Their body is around 12.5 cm to 13.5 cm long.
Rather than using echolocation like other types of bat, they tend to use their sense of smell to find their prey.
They eat a varied diet of rodents, birds, and they will even eat other species of bat.
Spectral Bats do not hang upside down in caves. Instead they live in tree hollows or inside human built structures.
They choose to live with a long-term mate, and share their home with other family members, unlike most other species of bat.
One male of the group, either the father or older male sibling, will frequently stay in the home to take care of younger bats while other family members look for prey.
They are considered to be a near threatened species due to deforestation in their natural environment.
This species of bat lives in densely forested areas close to sources of water such as rivers and streams. They only live in lowland regions under 1,650 metres of elevation.
They are a reddish brown colour, with a lighter coloured underside. They have no tail and so can be told apart from other similar species.
These bats produce offspring only once a year and usually only produce one baby at a time, although up to three pups have been recorded.
The parents care for their offspring until they are old enough to fend for themselves. They bring food back to their roost to feed their young until they are fully grown and can hunt prey on their own.
Their lifespan is thought to be around 5 years.
When in flight, they tend to stay close to the ground, and can fly for long distances, often covering up to 3.2 hectares.
They can fly for extended periods up to 4.5 hours at any one time.
Like other types of bat, they are nocturnal creatures.
They do have several predators, including birds of prey, snakes and larger cat species.
The male bat will sometimes sleep with his wings wrapped around his mate and offspring.
Hopefully, you will have enjoyed these quick facts about Spectral Bats, and will now have a better understanding of these unusual creatures.