My what a long tongue you have!

Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a high school student, bat advocate, and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost.

A great photo of a Mexican long-nose bat.
A great photo of a Mexican long-tongued bat. This image is from the amazing Mexican website, naturalista. Be sure to check out all the photos. (c) arturoc

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am very happy because it is finally Spring Break! I am looking forward to sleeping late, not worrying about homework and watching TV!

I was looking for interesting bats online and found one that I think is totally amazing. I think it looks a little bit like the elephant of the batty world. It is called a Mexican long tongued bat and it is adorable!

This bat has a leaf-like projection on the tip of its long nose. It has short ears, big eyes, and a short tail. The Mexican long tongued bat is common in Mexico, but is rare in the United States. In the US, it is found in Southern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. It is listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as “a species of concern,” but it is not considered endangered. Fewer than 400 of them have been spotted in the United States since 1906. They eat the nectar and pollen of night blooming flowers, such as agaves. They also eat the fruit of columnar cacti and insects they find on fruit or flowers. These bats usually live in desert canyons, but are also found in oak and ponderosa pine habitats.

If you would like to read more about these amazing bats, you can find information here.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! For those of you who celebrate Passover, I hope you have a very happy holiday! I, personally, am looking forward to Easter. ?

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