Scientific Name: Artibeus jamaicensis
Habitat: forests, caves, rock overhangs, hollow trees
Diet: figs, mangos, papaya, pollen, nectar, insects
Life span: 2-3 years (up to 9 years in captivity)
Young: 1-2 pups/litter, twice per year
Size: average 46 g (1.62 oz)
The Jamaican fruit-eating bat lives in harems of up to 14 females with one male.
Their nose has a small leaf-like flap consisting of skin, muscle and cartilage which aids in echolocation.
This bat carries fruit back to dining roosts where they squeeze out the juice and drop the left-over flesh of the fruit to the ground. Their digestion is very rapid, with food passing through their system in 15-20 minutes. Fruit bats are important seed dispersers.
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