The Rodrigues Fruit Bat (Pteropus rodricensis) is also called the Rodrigues Flying Fox. It is not a fox; it is a bat. It is a mammal.
The Rodrigues Fruit Bat has grey-brown fur, with a chestnut-red neck and chest. It has small ears and a small grey nose. It has long, black, clawed fingers, and large black wings.
Its wingspan is 90 centimetres (35 inches), while its body is about 30 centimetres (12 inches) long.
The Rodrigues Fruit Bat is found only on Rodrigues, a Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean. It prefers tropical lowland forests and fruit forests.
It is nocturnal, living and feeding at night. During the day, it sleeps in trees or on high ledges on buildings. It sleeps by hanging upside down.
It feeds on fruit, such as tamarinds, mangoes, palms, and figs. It is a frugivore. It squeezes the juice and flesh out of fruit.
The Rodrigues Fruit Bat is a social animal, seen in large groups. Dominant males live in a group with about 10 females. Other males live in groups nearby with other females.
Females are pregnant for about two months, before giving birth to a single live young, called a pup. The pup is born with hair and with its eyes open. It is independent after about 6 months.
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