Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creature Feature: Painted Bat.

Happy Halloween, everyone! What better way to celebrate America's most goth-friendly holiday than with a bat?

Yes, that bat is 100% real. The Painted Bat (Kerivoula picta) is native to much of Asia, including India, China, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam. In other words, the places with the most Halloween-friendly animal in the world do not even properly celebrate the holiday. Boo.

Alas, there is not much unique about this little bat besides its coloring. The fur on the bat's body can be either bright orange or scarlet; the wings are orange around the fingers and black everywhere else.  It is otherwise a fairly normal microbat that uses sonar to catch insects at night. Painted bats also have nuclear family units -that is, a mother, a father, and young. Hunting flights last around 1-2 hours.

Even if it does not have any weird habits, I demand Halloween toys based on this bat. Nature has already done most of the work for us. C'mon, greedy merchants; you know you can sell this!


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