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Barely literate
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:17:59 PM

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I would like to know whether a 'bat' and a 'flying fox' are different creatures or not.
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:34:52 PM

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A flying fox is simply a type of bat, a very large variety.
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:42:21 PM

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Flying foxes are one genus of bats - it is a colloquial name for some very large species of fruit bats. Other bats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and eat insects, fruit, or blood.






Not to be confused with a flying squirrel, which does not fly - it just extends the web of skin between its front and hind legs and glides down at a shallow angle instead of falling straight down.


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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:48:24 PM

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Great pics!Dancing
Barely literate
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:15:15 PM

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Thar,
Shall I assume the first of the 3 pictures inserted is that of flying fox and the second a bat that drinks blood?
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:25:41 PM

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These are some great pictures
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:28:39 PM

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No, the first two are bats - (flying foxes - fruit bats)

The third picture is a 'flying squirrel' which is not a bat - it does not fly - it is just a normal mammal that glides. I thought that may be a source of your confusion. There are other animals with the appelation 'flying' that do not fly, and are not bats.

You can see the squirrel's toes (on its front and back feet) are on its paws, like normal. The bats' fingers (on its 'arms') are extended into long thin bones, and are used to spread out their wings.

mythman
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:43:09 PM

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All 'Flying Foxes' are bats.
Not all bats are 'Flying Foxes'.
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 4:06:33 PM

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World's Weirdest:
Flying Foxes
Meet the little red flying fox, a bat with a wingspan of up to three feet. Its wings take a lot of work to maintain - and one missed approach while getting a drink can land this bat in ... MORE

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/weirdest-flying-fox
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:32:52 PM

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So cool!
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