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Mayalan Flying Fox

Common Name: Malayan Flying Fox

Scientific Name: (Pteropus vampyrus)

Range: Asia

IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened 

Wingspan: 4-6’

Weight: 2-5lbs

Fun facts: The Malayan Flying Fox is the world’s largest bat by wingspan (Acerodon jubatus is heavier). They have a gestation period of approximately 180 days and give birth to a single pup (twins on rare occasions).

Indian Flying Fox

Common Name: Indian Flying Fox

Scientific Name: (Pteropus giganteus)                      

Range: Asia

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Wingspan: 3-4’

Weight: 1.3-2.2lb

Fun facts: Indian Flying Fox roost in large colonies of hundreds to thousands of individuals on large trees in rural and urban areas, close to agricultural fields, ponds and by the side of roads. They feed on a wide variety of fruits and flowers, both wild and cultivated.

Gray-headed Flying Fox

Common Name: Gray-headed Flying Fox

Scientific Name: (Pteropus poliocephalus)

Range: Australia

IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable

Wingspan: 3-4’

Weight: 1.3-2.8lbs

Fun facts: The Grey-headed Flying Fox lives in social groups, traveling between camps which are spread at regular intervals along the Southeastern coast of Australia. The main food sources are the blossoms of the eucalyptus and tea tree, as well as the fruits of fig and palms.

 

Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat

Common Name: Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat

Scientific Name: (Cynopterus brachyotis)     

Range: Asia

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Wingspan: 12”

Weight: 1.5oz

Fun facts: The Short-nosed Fruit Bats (9 species) are quite common throughout their range of Southeast Asia. The Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat is an uncommon species in that it constructs roost tents out of the flower clusters and leaves of palms, bananas and other large leaf plants.

Variable Flying Fox

Common Name: Variable Flying Fox

Scientific Name: (Pteropus hypomelanus)

Range: Asia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Wingspan: 3’

Weight: 1.5lb

Fun facts: The Variable Flying Fox includes 16 subspecies and is common throughout its range except for the Maldives. The pups can weigh up to 10% of their mother’s body weight and adults can live for up to 30 years.

Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Common Name: Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Scientific Name: (Pteropus rodricensis)

Range: Rodrigues Island

IUCN Red List status: Endangered

Wingspan: 2.5’

Weight: 13oz

Fun facts: The Rodrigues Fruit Bat was on the brink of extinction in 1976 when 25 bats were brought into captivity for a captive breeding program. Today, there are more than 16,000 bats in the wild thanks to ongoing conservation efforts of which Lubee is a part of. 

Egyptian Fruit Bat

Common Name: Egyptian Fruit Bat

Scientific Name: (Rousettus aegyptiacus)

Range: Africa, Arabian Peninsula, South Asia

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Wingspan: 2’

Weight: 5oz

Fun facts: The Egyptian Fruit Bat is very common throughout its range and one of the only megabats to roost in caves. Rousettus bats are the only genus in the group megachiroptera to use echolocation to find their food.

Southeastern Myotis

Common Name: Southeastern Myotis

Scientific Name: (Myotis austroriparius)

Range: US

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Wingspan: 9-11”

Weight: 0.3oz

Fun facts: The Southeastern myotis can be found roosting in manmade structures with other bat species, notably Mexican free-tailed bats and Evening bats, or in caves with Tri-colored bats. This species primarily feeds on mosquitoes, but also consumes crane flies, beetles and moths.

Little Golden-mantled Flying Fox

Common Name: Little Golden-mantled Flying Fox

Scientific Name: (Pteropus pumilus)

Range: Philippines

IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened

Wingspan: 2’

Weight: 7oz

Fun facts: The Little Golden-mantled Flying Fox is one of the smaller flying fox species. They tend to live in small groups or individually but will aggregate in small numbers in fruiting trees to feed alongside other species of bats.

Spectacled Flying Fox

Common Name: Spectacled Flying Fox

Scientific Name: (Pteropus conspicillatus)

Range: Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea

IUCN Red List status: Endangered

Wingspan: 3-4’

Weight: 2lb

Fun facts: The Spectacled Flying Fox lives in rainforests, mangroves and swamps. They have the greatest tolerance to changes in temperature of any mammal, able to withstand temperatures from freezing to 104°F with almost no changes in metabolic rate.

African Straw-colored Fruit Bat

Common Name: African Straw-colored Fruit Bat

Scientific Name: (Eidolon helvum)                            

Range: Africa, Madagascar, Arabian Peninsula

IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened

Wingspan: 2.5’

Weight: 8-12oz

Fun facts: The Straw-colored Fruit Bat is the most widely distributed of all the African fruit bats.  Every November, over 10 million Straw-colored Fruit Bats migrate to Kasanka National Park (Zambia) forming the largest mammal migration in the world.

Big Brown Bat

Common Name: Big Brown Bat

Scientific Name: (Eptesicus fuscus)

Range: North America, South America, Caribbean

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Wingspan: 12-14”

Weight: 0.5-1oz

Fun facts: Big Brown Bats are widespread in the western hemisphere and significant predators of agricultural pests. While other bat species in the US have experienced significant population declines due to White-Nose Syndrome, the Big Brown Bat is relatively resistant to its effects.

Evening Bat

Common Name: Evening Bat

Scientific Name: (Nycticeius humeralis)                           

Range: US, Mexico

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Wingspan: 10-11”

Weight: 0.3oz

Fun facts: Evening bats roost in a variety of structures, including Spanish moss, under bark, in tree cavities, buildings, and bat houses. Female bats form maternity colonies in May, consisting of 15-300 individuals. Of females that give birth, 90% have twins.

 

 

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African Spurred Tortoise

Common Name: African Spurred Tortoise

Scientific Name: (Centrochelys sulcata)

Range: Africa

IUCN Red List status: Endangered

Length: 33”

Weight: 230lbs

Fun facts: The African Spurred Tortoise is an herbivore and the diet consist of many types of grasses and plants. This is the third largest species of tortoise in the world after the Galapagos and Aldabra.

Solomon Islands Skink

Common Name: Solomon Islands Skink

Scientific Name: (Corucia zebrata)

Range: Solomon Islands

IUCN Red List status: Not assessed

Length: 32”

Weight: 14-28oz

Fun facts: The Solomon Islands Skink is the largest species of skink and has a fully prehensile tail which is used as a fifth limb for climbing. This species is completely herbivorous, eating many different fruits and vegetables including the pothos plant.

Common Name: Corn snake

Scientific Name: (Pantherophis guttatus)

Range: Southern US

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

Length: 24-60”

Weight: 1-2lbs

Fun facts: The Corn snake is named for the species' regular presence near grain stores, where it preys on mice and rats that eat harvested corn. Another theory for the name is the nearly-checkered pattern of the snake's belly scales which resemble kernels of variegated corn.