Straw-Colored Fruit Bat Fact Sheet

Life span:
Average 5 years, up to 30 years
40 days – 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 – 24 months 
Heaviest - flying fox, 3.3 lb
Size at birth:
0.008 – 13 oz depending on species

Fun 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. 


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