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Mexican Long-tongued Bat Choeronycteris mexicana


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Mexican Long-tongued Bat at hummingbird feeder
credit: derivative work: Ken g6 (talk) /CCSA

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Family: Phyllostomidae, New World Fruit Bats view all from this family

Description Medium-sized leaf-nosed bat with grayish to brownish fur, an elongated muzzle, and a prominent nose leaf. Similar to long-nosed bats, but has a well-developed tail membrane, enclosing a short, conspicuous tail. Forearm 43-49mm. Lacks lower incisors.

Dimensions 81-103mm, 6-10mm, 10-25g

Warning Bats are susceptible to rabies, a serious viral disease that results in death if untreated. Rabid bats rarely attack humans or other animals, but bats found lying on the ground may be rabid. Never touch or pick up any bat. Stay away from any animal that seems to be acting strangely and report it to animal-control officers. If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal, you must immediately consult a doctor for a series of injections; there is no cure once symptoms emerge.

Habitat Canyons & caves, Deserts, Forests & woodlands, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Southwest, California

Discussion Forms small colonies in caves, mine tunnels, buildings, and culverts.