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Big-eared Woolly Bat, Chrotopterus auritus

The big-eared woolly bat (Chrotopterus auritus), also known as Peter’s woolly false vampire bat and the false woolly vampire bat, is the only member of its genus. It is native to South and Central America, with a range that includes southern Brazil, Paraguay, and southern Mexico to Argentina. It prefers a habitat within subtropical forests, roosting in hollow logs and caves.

The big-eared woolly bat is large, making it a rather slow flier. It will fly at altitudes of up to 6.5 feet. It will feed on lizards, moths, small mammals, fruits, birds, and even other bat species and can occasionally be seen taking its prey into its roost.

Colonies of the big-eared woolly bat can differ in size, but typically contain both males and females and their young. After a pregnancy of up to 100 days, one young is born. This bat appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: Vampyrus auritus = Chrotopterus auritus. Credit: G H Ford/Wikipedia

Big-eared Woolly Bat Chrotopterus auritus