Jamaican Leaf-Nosed Bat

Scientific Name: 
Artibeus jamaicensis (ar-TIH-be-us ja-may-KEN-sis)
Bat Habitat Range
Central Mexico to Paraguay and Brazil; Trinidad, to the Antilles, and southern Bahamas
Found in a variety of habitats, from dry deciduous forest to tropical ever- green forest and even cloud forest.
Wingspan: 44 cm – 48 cm (17-18.7 in.)
In the wild a bat was recaptured after 7 years, in captivity: 10 plus years.
Eats a wide variety of fruits, figs, also pollen, nectar, and a few insects.
Females form groups of 2-14 with their young, and a single adult male. Males will defend a territory such as a hollow tree roost.
Caves and hollow trees are their most common roosts, but will also sometimes create roosts by method known as tent-making, done biting the midribs of large leaves until they hang down to form tent-like shelters.
Conservation Status: 
Considered stable. This is a very adaptable bat that can tolerate deforest-ation better than most species.
At OBC: 
All the bats at the Organization for Bat Conservation were either born at OBC or came from AZA accredited institutions.

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