Desert Animals

Great Mouse-Tailed Bat
Great Mouse-Tailed Bat
Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Flying insects
Order: Chiroptera: Bats
Size: body:6 - 8 cm (2 1/4 - 3 in), wingspan: 17 - 25 cm (6 3/4 - 10 in), tail: 6 - 8 cm (2 1/4 - 3 in)
Family: Rhinopomatidae: Mouse-tailed Bats Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Rhinopoma microphyllum Habitat: treeless arid land
Range: Middle and Near East

Size of Great Mouse-Tailed BatColonies of thousands of mouse-tailed bats occupy roosts in large ruined buildings, often palaces and temples. They feed exclusively on insects, and in those areas where a cool season temporarily depletes the food supply, the bats may enter a deep sleep resembling torpor. Prior to this, they lay down thick layers of fat which may weigh as much as the bats themselves, and with this they survive for many weeks with neither food nor water. As they sleep, the accumulated fat is used up, and by the time the cold season is passed, nothing of it remains. Mouse-tailed bats mate at the beginning of spring, and the female produces a single offspring after a gestation of about 4 months. The young bat is weaned at 8 weeks but does not attain sexual maturity until its second year. 

Range of Great Mouse-Tailed Bat
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