Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Named for what it does

The Tent Making Bat makes tents from palm or banana-like leaves in the forest understory. It uses the tent for roosting. One tent can last up to 2 months.

Yesterday’s bat, the sac-winged bat, eats insects. The tent making bat eats fruit, mainly figs. The tent making bat’s body is pale gray, with two bright white stripes on top of the head, and a single white stripe down the center of the back.

Tent making bats are slightly larger than sac-winged bats—their length is 2.3-2.7 inches and they weigh 0.5-0.7 ounces.


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