30 Strange Bat Species You Never Knew Existed in the World

Despite what most people now think about the bat species, these are really amazing animals. Put aside for now the whole situation in the world that started from a bat, and learn about these bat species in the 30 images below.

Some bats look like dogs, some like mouse, some eat fruits while others eat small birds and even pigs. The bat species are something worth learning about and in most cases are harmless to humans, but if you don’t know which is which. It’s safe to stay away.

Browse the list below and comment below the article which of these bat species is the weirdest or creepiest.

1. The Lesser Mouse-Tailed Bat

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Image via Soumyasarkar14

Looking like a mouse, mostly can be found in Thailand westward through Burma, India, Pakistan, and Iran as it loves the desert.

2. The small horse-shoe bat

Image via Tolga Bat Hospital

Can be found in Australia and Papua New Guinea. These bats are tiny and weigh almost nothing.

3. The Jamaican fruit bat

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Look at those teeth, it’s something else. Can be found in Mexico, through Central America to northwestern South America.

4. Ghost bat

Image via Sardaka

These bats can be found in Australia and are harmless to humans, but not other animals. They eat small birds and reptiles by taking them off the ground and wrapping them with their wings and biting their neck.

5. The ghost face bat species

Image via Alex Borisenko

Can be found in southern New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Mexico, and Central America. but honestly you probably don’t want to find them as they have the weirdest face.

6. The Rufous Horseshoe Bat

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Image via Aditya Joshi

Can be found in China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

7. Big ear woolly bat

Image via Guilherme Garbino

The woolly bat is at around 100 – 110 mm in size.

8. Pygmy round ear bat

Image via Desmodus

Lives in South and Central America, this is an average bat that has nothing special to say about it.

9. Grater false vampire bat

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Another bat from the vampire family. This bat has no stops. it hunt pretty much any other small animal it can find including other bats. So keep your distance from this one.

10. Yellow shoulder bats

Now this is a bat you can recognize right? Live in North and South American these bats love to eat fruits and are of medium to small size.

11. The white winged vampire bat

Image via Gcarter2

Another member of the vampire bat family. Can be found in South and some parts of North America. These are unique bats, they have heat sensors in their face, which helps them identify prey, and they like to eat pigs, birds and other animals.

12. The white throat round ears bat

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Image via Desmodus

Just look at this thing! Looks like a hybrid of human and bat! It eats insects and fruits and can be found in South and Central America.

13. Bulldog bats

When you look at this bat, you might think of a bulldog right? That’s why they got their name. We can agree they have similar features.

14. The visored bat

These rare bats come from South America and their name comes from the big visor on their head.

15. The Roundleaf bat

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Image via Sébastien J. Puechmaille

The Pendlebury’s roundleaf bat is easily recognizable because of its unique look. There are only around 4,700 of these in the world so this makes this bat species very rare.

16. This is the common vampire bat

Found in Mexico, Central America, and South America. These live up to their name, and while they might look cute to some ( Who?! ) They in fact feed of blood of live stock and it is advised not to visit the areas where they live. Just keep your distance from these bats.

17. The hairless bat

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Image via Tasnim choudhury

Can be found in Southeast Asia and Oceania and this little guy proves that not all bats must have fur or hair.

18. The wrinkle lipped tailed bat

Looks more like rhino right? Can be found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

19. Tube nose bat species

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Can be found in Australia ( the land down under ) these guys only eat fruits and they are really, really cute.

20. The desert long ear bat

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Found in the middle east and north Africa these bats are fierce as they are known to eat scorpions. Which means you don’t want to mess with them.

21. The Tailed Bat

It looks like this bat has a mohawk on his head right? You can find these in central and south Africa.

22. Rafinesque’s big-eared bat

Image via USDA

These little guys with big ears can live a long life. The oldest bat of this kind recorded was more than 10 years and you can find them in south-central and southeastern United States. And yes, they have long, rabbit-like ears.

23. The spotted bat species

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Image via Paul Cryan

This strange bat species is known to have the largest ears of any bat species in America and they could grow to an impressive 4 inches long.

24. Little white shoulder bat

Image via Wilson Bilkovich

The little white shoulder bat eats only fruits and can be found in South and Central America. They are harmless to humans and only look creepy.

25. The yellow winged bat

Image via Oleg Chernyshov

The yellow winged bat can be found in the savannas of Africa, and while you always think of bats as dark, mysterious creatures, this little guy wants to remind us they can also have colors.

26. The hammer head bat

Image via Sarah H. Olson

While these little guys look creepy as hell, they are actually harmless and they were just blessed with a face that looks like they want to drink your blood and fly to the moon. You can find them in Africa mostly.

27. The giant golden crown flying fox bat

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This species looks like an actual batman, let’s start with that. OMG! You can find these in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, and Thailand. And they are HUGE in size, like a tiny human baby size.

28. The pied bats

This bat species can also be called the panda bat or the bee bat as they look similar to a panda bear with their colors.

29. The Honduran white bat

Image via Leyo

The shite bats are tiny ball like bats which look fluffy and almost cute. You can find these little bats in lowland rainforests of eastern Honduras, northern Nicaragua, eastern Costa Rica, and western Panama.

30. The famous fruit bat

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Image via Nicolas Nesif

This is the fruit bat, yes a bat, not a dog. Can be found in  Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

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