The world's smallest mammal. Tiny and mysterious, we need to know more about these rare flying mammals if we are to prevent their extinction.
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Amazing Facts About the Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat
- The Kitti’s Hog Nosed Bat is the smallest mammal in the world by length.
- They are sometimes referred to as bumblebee bats due to their tiny size.
- This tiny bat is native to Thailand and Burma, where it lives in limestone caves along rivers.
- A colony of these bats can very widely, ranging from 10 to 500 individuals.
- Very little is known about the population of these tiny mammals in Burma, but in Thailand they are thought to be at risk of extinction.
- They are threatened by disturbance and habitat loss from limestone extraction.
- These bats are crepuscular – which means they are active at dawn and dusk.
- Like other bats, Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bats use echolocation to navigate during flight.
- Type: Mammal
- Lifespan: Unknown
- Size: 1.1 - 1.3" (2.8 - 3.3 cm)
- Weight: 0.07oz (2g)
- Habitat: Limestone Caves
- IUCN: Endangered
- Scientific Name: Craseonycteris thonglongyai