The Bumblebee Bat

The Bumblebee bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) is the smallest bat as well as the smallest mammal in the world. This bat’s common name is the Bumblebee bat but its other name is the Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat. These bats are extremely small; they are approximately 1 inch in length, and their weight is less than two grams! They live inside limestone caves in bamboo forests. Before you get too excited about this bat they only live in Thailand. The Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat gets its name because it has a flat pig-like nose. These bats live in groups of about a 100 and the maximum in a group is 500; compared to other bat colonies these are pretty small. These bats were only discovered in the 1970’s so there is a lot more to find out. If you want to read some more about the Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat I found two articles you might enjoy! If you want to know, “the Bumblebee Bat” was the answer to the Jeopardy question a few months back!

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The Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) – the common name is the Bumblebee bat.

 

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