Originally Posted by Jon L. Obscene
you have felt the lurve......
@ goddess......all fruity bats are sexy....and quiet as the hum on your telly......
Originally Posted by *goddess*
I am now going to hang upside down for about 7 hours....
(a not very nocturnal Battyfruit)
The largest of bats, and one of the most important to humans. Many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy on our table would not exist without these bats. They disperse the seeds and pollinate the flowers of many plants. Fruits that depend on bats for pollination or seed dispersal include:
- Jack fruit
Fruit Bat Species:
Livingstones: includes special notes on field expeditions and captive breeding.
Rodrigues: hear what these bats sound like.
photo by Merlin Tuttle, Bat Conservation International
Adaptations: Fruit bats, like other bats, have very long, webbed fingers that serve as wings. Fruit bats also have very good senses of smell and sight (contrary to the myth that all bats are blind).
Reproductive Cycles and Family Habits: Fruit bats tend to live in large colonies, or "camps." Within these camps, one male fruit bats usually lives with up to eight female bats.
Behavior: Fruit bats are nocturnal, and hang from their feet during the day. They may hang with their wings wrapped around their bodies, or, if it is hot, may use their wings to fan themselves. Although fruit bats are good at flying, landing is another story! Fruit bats can't land gracefully, and instead must crash into bushes or trees to come to a stop, or try to latch onto a branch as they pass by. Sometimes these crash-landings disturb other fruit bats at the site, and cause noisy fights amongst them.
Diet: Fruit bats, as their name hints, consume fruit and flowers. These bats usually suck on the flowers and fruit, then swallow the nectar or juice and spit out the remaining pulp.
Habitat: Dense forest areas.
Predators: Humans sometimes eat bats.
Threats to Survival: Habitat destruction is one big threat to the survival of many types of fruit bats. Storms, and hunting also contribute to the endangerment of some species.