Straw-Colored Fruit Bat Fact Sheet

Class:

Mammalia 

Order:

Chiroptera

Life span:

Average 5 years, up to 30 years

Gestation:

40 days to 10 months, depending on species and food availability

Number of young at birth:

Usually 1 per year, some species have twins or triplets

Age of maturity:

18 to 24 months 

Weight:

Heaviest - flying fox, 3.3 lbs

Size at birth:

0.008 to 13 oz, depending on species

Animal ambassador and not usually on exhibit.

Facts:
  • Bats pollinate the world’s fruit producing plants and eat thousands of mosquitoes at night.
  • Bats are not blind, although some bats do use echolocation to find their insects and meals
  • A mother bat can locate her pup by its scent and sound out of millions in a roost.
  • Bats roost upside down, usually in large social groups, in caves, trees and man-made structures.
  • All bats live on milk from birth up to six months of age. 
  • About 70 percent of all bats eat insects.
  • Some bats eat fruit, nectar, fish and three species even eat blood.
  • Some male bats sing to attract a mate.
  • Females only have one baby, called a pup, per year, although some species may have twins or quadruplets.