With vampire stories and news reports of killer bats, it’s no wonder bats get such a bad press. So I thought it would be better this Halloween to study, look at, and understand some bats to discover the unusual species and see if they really deserve their reputation…
10 – Noctilio
Bulldog by face and bulldog by nature. This is one of the world’s deadliest bats and can also swim!
9 – Chaerephon chapini
This bat with its very distinctive crest of hair rising from a small lappet between the ears is not a normal bat going through a punk phase, it really is born looking like that!
8 – Ectophylla alba
With very distinctive soft, snow white fur and cute yellow nose and ears. this tiny bat only measures 3.7-4.7 cm long!
7 – Hypsignathus monstrosus
No, it’s not a Moose with tiny ears this really is a bat that uses that big nose to create incredibly loud honking noises!
6 – Rhinolophus maclaudi
One of the most unusual looking bats by far. Any animal with a multi-layered horseshoe shaped nose gets my unusual vote.
5 – Euderma maculatum
You know you are looking at a spotted bat when you see the 3 white spots found over each shoulder and on the backside. Oh! And those giant ears might be a bit of a clue as well.
4 – Nyctimene robinsoni
This megabat is one of the few species of bats that like to sleep alone rather than in groups. I would imagine this is because he would snore due to having that long nose.
3 – Acerodon jubatus
This bat is a very misunderstood animal. Sure, it’s the world’s biggest species of bat and it does have a 6ft wingspan. But this species is non-aggressive towards humans and is a fruit eater!
2 – Niumbaha superba
This bat is so rare that scientists believed it had become extinct. But this was the first one seen and caught since 1939!
1 – Diclidurus albus
The Northern Ghost Bat (AKA: Jumby Bat) is a very rare species of bat. They prefer humid habitats like rainforests but have been found living nearer to us humans.