Usually, when we think about bats, we think of ugly, terrifying creatures that stalk caves and tangle in our hair. Their screech makes the blood chill in our veins. It is no wonder bats have often been associated with Halloween and even witches. However, there is one little critter that is sure to make one melt upon seeing him. The Honduran white bat could not look like a swooping predator of the night even if it tried. Instead, it could probably win a cuteness award.
As its name aptly suggests, the Honduran white bat has snow white to grayish fur. Its nose and ears are amber or yellow. A near-threatened species, this bat is one of the two in the world known to be white. The Honduran white bat is smaller than its darker colored kin, weighting less than an ounce and reaching a height of about 1-2 inches (3–5 cm). This cute little bat can be found in the lowland rainforests of eastern Honduras, northern Nicaragua, eastern Costa Rica and western Panama. The animals cut into the leaves of the heliconia plant and create V-shaped tents that can shelter up to 12 bats. During daytime, these tents keep them safe from sun, rain and potential predators. At night, the bats leave their tent and rarely return to the same one the next day.
The Honduran white bat is a frugivorous species that have a diet consisting only of fruit and vegetation. As such, they put to shame the entire Halloween animal community by being both white and unable to suck the blood of unsuspecting victims. In fact, due to their size, they are absolutely harmless to humans and would probably be unable to scare even the most fainthearted person.
Unfortunately, as they live in rain-forests, the destruction of their habitat is an important threat to this species. Do you know any other species of bats?
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