Dog-Faced Bat

Scientific Name: 
Cynopterus brachyotis (sin-NAWP-ter-us BRAY-kee-oh-tes)
Bat Habitat Range
Range: 
Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Indochina, Sumatra, Borneo, Burma, Malay Peninsula, Thailand, the Philippines, & associated islands.
Habitat: 
Tropical lowland forests to man-groves, cultivated areas, parks and gardens
Diet: 
Fruits, nectar and pollen; may eat where the fruit grows or carry it away. They will travel as much as 97-113 km (58-67 miles) in one night.
Reproduction: 
Gestation period of 60-80 days and produce a single pup. Breeding usually occurs once a year and bats have one baby. The babies are born large and often weigh 25% of their mother’s weight.
Behavior: 
Roost in groups of 6-12 in one palm or in a group of palms. The older males seem to be solitary. Their favorite choice would seem to be high up in tall trees, but will also roost in ferns, barns, bridges, and entrances to caves. They also will sometimes fold and shape banana leaves into 'camouflaged' tents (the only Old World bat known to do so). By chewing the stems and veins the leaves collapse and form well engineered roosting shelters protecting the bats from the elements and predators.
Description: 
One of the smallest flying foxes. Wingspan: 30-45 cm (15-16 inches). Also called Lesser Short-nosed Bat or Common Fruit Bat
Conservation Status: 
Common throughout its range certain areas, such as northern Thailand, dog-faced fruit bats are caught and sold in the markets for medicinal use. Some Chinese are said to eat these bats, because they believe them to be "strength-giving."
At OBC: 
Our Cynopterus brachyotis came from the University of Toledo where they were part of a research project on ultrasonic hearing in different Taxonomic animal Orders.

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