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Snapshots

  1. Cluster of vampire bats

    Snapshot Title: Cluster of vampire bats
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Vampire bats!!!
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    Male and female vampire bats will roost together, usually in colonies of around 100 individuals. However, within these colonies, the bats usually form clusters of a single male with several females.



  2. Thumbs up!

    Snapshot Title: Thumbs up!
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Vampire bats!!!
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    Vampire bats have large thumbs, related to their ability to use their wings as limbs in walking (and even running). Vampire bats will often alight near their prey, then walk up sneakily to make their...



  3. Vampire bat feces

    Snapshot Title: Vampire bat feces
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Vampire bats!!!
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    What looks like an oil slick on this ledge is, in fact, vampire bat feces -- digested blood. It forms a thick, dark, reddish-black sludge. It is fairly gross.



  4. Bat balls!

    Snapshot Title: Bat balls!
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Vampire bats!!!
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    The clearly visible testicles of this male show that he is reproductively active. When male bats are not in their mating period, the testes ascend into the abdomen where they are not visible.



  5. Female with newborn pup

    Snapshot Title: Female with newborn pup
    Taken by: Kimberly Williams-Guillen

    Image: Vampire bats!!!
    Image Owner: Kimberly Williams-Guillen



    Description:

    The pink blob in the center is a just-born baby. Next time I promise to use a better camera so you can see it!