greater short-nosed
fruit bat

Many mammals run and walk. Some hop, swim, and even glide from trees. But only one group of mammals can truly fly: bats! Bats live in a variety of habitats around the world, from deserts to mountaintops. The short-nosed fruit bat lives in tropical forests. These bats are only active at night. They fly fast and low, sometimes covering 62 miles (100 km) in one night in search of fruit. During the day, they roost in caves and palm trees.

Scientific Name: Cynopterus sphinx
Habitat: tropical forests in South Asia
Diet: flowers and fruits (figs, guavas, mangoes)
Size: body and head less than 6 inches (15 cm) long; average wingspan about 15 inches (38 cm)
Conservation Status: least concern
Cool Fact: They're also called dog-faced bats.
Cool Fact: Like many bats, they hang head-down from their clawed feet when resting or roosting.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of J.M.Garg.