Bumblebee Bats are the world's smallest mammal and Belize's smallest bat. They are between 1.1 to 1.3 inches in length (29-33 mm), they weight .07 ounce (or 2 g), they have no tail, and their wingspan is approximately 6.7 inches (or 170 mm).
Bumblebee bats, have a reddish/brown or grey upper parts with their underside being pale in colour. They have dark coloured relatively wide wings with long tips that enables them to hover. Their nose is pig-like, they have small eyes and relatively large ears. They have a large web of skin between their hind legs, known as the uropatagium, that gives them assistance when in flight.
They are most active at dusk when they fly around jungle tree tops and cave entrances capturing insects.
The Bumblebee Bat Habitat - Bumblebee Bats are found in Belize. Small colonies consisting of 10 - 100 bats, high up in limestone caves. When they roost they are spread out so that they are not touching each other. They prefer caves in forested areas, near rivers.
The Bumblebee Bat Diet - Bumblebee Bats feed on insects. They either take them from foliage or capture them in the air.
The Bumblebee Bat Breeding - Very little is known about reproduction in Bumblebee Bats but it is thought that they give birth to a single young in late April each year.
Interesting Facts - Bumblebee Bats get their popular name because they are a similar size to a large bumblebees. The Bumblebee Bat has been included as one of the 10 species to be investigated by the Zoological Society of London.
BELIZE'S SMALLEST MAMMAL - The Bumblebee Bat
Is located on the island of Ambergris Caye, directly across from the Belize Barrier Reef, off the mainland coast of Belize. The property is nestled in a cluster of Australian Pine trees, backed to a littoral jungle, and surrounded by tropical gardens. It's about a one minute walk from the property to the beach, and a 10-15 minute drive from the island airstrip to the property.
We offer one bedroom suites (455 s.f.) of living area to include: livingroom, kitchenette, private bathroom and bedroom.
We are also about a one minute walk from one of the best restaurants on the island serving (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Within walking distance you can find:
(3) blocks is Robyn's BBQ
(4) blocks is 2 fruit stands
(5) blocks local grocery store
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