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Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat Artibeus jamaicensis


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Jamaican fruit bats in an abandoned termite nest in the Amazon Rainforest near Nauta, Peru
credit: DiverDave/CCSA

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Family: Phyllostomidae, New World Fruit Bats view all from this family

Description Sole bat in Eastern US with noseleaf that has no tail. Shades of brown on upperparts; grayish and somewhat paler below. May show pale facial stripes above and below eye.

Dimensions Length to 80 mm; Wt to 45 g

Warning Bats are susceptible to rabies, a serious viral disease that results in death if untreated. Rabid bats rarely attack humans or other animals, but bats found lying on the ground may be rabid. Never touch or pick up any bat. Stay away from any animal that seems to be acting strangely and report it to animal-control officers. If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal, you must immediately consult a doctor for a series of injections; there is no cure once symptoms emerge.

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns

Range Florida

Discussion Found in the southern Bahamas and Cuba, the Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat is assumed to be an occasionally visitor to the Florida Keys, although this remains unconfirmed.