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AFRICAN STRAW-COLORED FRUIT BAT

Scientific Name: Eidolon Helvum
Order
Rodentia (rodents)

Family
Chiroptera (bats)

Habitat & Range
Straw-colored fruit bats reside mainly in Africa among the sub-Saharan climates. They can also be found in the southwestern Arabian Peninsula and Madagascar. They inhabit forest and savannah zones and prefer tall trees for roosting.

Identification
Named for it’s silky yellow or straw colored body, straw-colored fruit bats have long, black wings and
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Arrived at EPZ: 06/19/2014
 
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large ears and eyes. They are relatively large, weighing 8 to 12 ounces and measuring up to 9 inches with an average wingspan of 30 inches.

Diet
Straw-colored fruit bats feed on a variety of bark, flowers, leaves, nectar and fruit.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Breeding season typically occurs between April and June. Due to a process known as delayed implantation, development doesn’t begin until October. A single birth occurs between February and May.

 
 
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