The Mexican Long-tongued Bat (Choeronycteris mexicana) is best known for its long tongue and
long slender nose. This bat can have up to a 14-inch wingspan, has small ears,
and a long tongue (extending out a third of its body length) used to reach
inside cactus and agave blossoms from San Diego to Honduras. Oftentimes, you
can see this bat eating from hummingbird feeders in local neighborhoods. It may
also eat insects.
The range of the Mexican Long-tongued Bat includes California,
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Central and South America.
Did you know? The Mexican
Long-tongued Bat has been called a “keystone mutualist” because of its role in helping
pollinate various plants and cacti within its habitat.
Learn more about the Mexican Long-tongued Bat and other bats at Bat
PHOTO CREDIT: Drew Stokes, SDNHM