Life has been pretty bleak as of late, so, if you need a mood boost, look no further than the Honduran White Bats. These little creatures are insanely cute – their picture will certainly flood your brain with plenty of serotonin.
They are so tiny, they look like small cotton balls with wings. But they aren’t just adorable animals, they’re also quite skilled at creating shelter for themselves using the environment around them.
Because of this skill, these animals are also known as the Caribbean white-tent-making bat because they are able to make “tents” for themselves using large leaves. They do this by ripping out ridges of the leave with the teeth, causing them to fold down into a tent!
The bats then use this to roost during the day, keeping themselves concealed and protected from both predators – such as snakes or possums and even owls – as well as intense weather conditions like extreme heat.
These little bats live inside rainforests, and their habitats range throughout Central American countries, but they’re most prevalent in eastern Honduras, northern Nicaragua, eastern Costa Rica, and western Panama.
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These bats will normally roost by themselves, but sometimes they will get together under one leaf – and when they do, it’s so cute to witness.
Perhaps the cutest fact about these little animals is that they mostly feed on fruit. Because of this, the Honduran White Bats will often build their tents inside fruit trees, meaning that they don’t have to go very far to get their dinner. It’s quite clever and convenient.
They are pretty small for a bat species, as they only measure between 1.5–1.9 inches long, and tip the scale at 0.18–0.21 ounces. They’re even smaller than the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat.
The Honduran White Bat is known for having white fur, something that is believed to act as a camouflage for them, as their white fur will appear green if the sun happens to shine through a leaf they’re hiding in. They do have a little orange nose, something that is a result of carotenoids. They are believed to be the first mammal known to have enough carotenoids in their skin in order to get this particularly vibrant color!
What do you think of these little cuties? Have you ever seen a Honduran White Bat? Let us know!Whizzco