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 Jamaican fruit bat

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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Jamaican fruit bat on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Central America and northern South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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