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Proboscis Bat

Rhynchonycteris naso


Bats looking like leaves on the side of a tree in Costa Rica - they actually shook to look more like leaves! Never would have noticed them if the guide hadn't known what she was looking for!!

1 Species ID Suggestions

Proboscis Bat/Murciélago Narizón
Rhynchonycteris naso Proboscis Bat

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75 Comments (1–25)

ChristyHolland 5 years ago

Thanks, thinkingnoggins!

thinkingnoggins 5 years ago

That is Awesome!!!!

ChristyHolland 5 years ago

Thanks so much, Rosa! They line up and shake to mimic the way leaves move in the a vine growing up a tree trunk...they were in Costa Rica, so I don't think staying warm was an issue.

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 5 years ago

Whoah! That is certainly interesting. I wonder why they line up like that. They may be shaking to stay warm? That is an awesome spotting!

medusasnakes123 5 years ago

oh and ;0 means ;)

medusasnakes123 5 years ago

They are SOOO cute! ;0

HazelMarley 5 years ago

Are all of those little creatures bats????? They're so tiny!!

pamsai 6 years ago

Now that is a great perspective!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Thanks for the comments, Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Now that is a truly amazing sight. Thanks for sharing, Christy, and to the guide as well.

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Thanks Mona and Sachin! Wow you guys found an old one!! ;-)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago


Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 6 years ago

Wow.. that's awesome..

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Thanks Jason!! I agree!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Stunning creatures!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Thanks Env, drP, and Donna! Donna, that wouldn't surprise me....there are some monsters in the jungle!! ;-) Leuba, thank you then for bringing it up again!! ;-)

DonnaBollenbach 6 years ago

This is the coolest bat I've ever seen. The images are great. I read on wiki that they are so small they sometimes fall prey to the large spider, Argiope savignyi.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

lol Christy, just tells you that the really good ones are forever interesting (and perhaps need to be brought-up for others to see) !

drP 6 years ago

Absolutely amazing.

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Thanks Leuba and rams4d...and a belated thanks to HeatherK! Leuba, you dug up an old one!!! ;-)

rams4d 6 years ago

Amazing Pictures, Awesome, Congratulatios !!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Just great ! Thanks for sharing this wonderful spotting and information Christy.

HeatherK 7 years ago

Love them!!!

ChristyHolland 7 years ago

I guess they're so common that they're considered as regular raccoons...??? Yes she was native but very young, and I did scold her a little for telling an AMERICAN that they were only raccoons!! ;-) We saw small raccoons in Manuel Antonio, but they looked like ours, but about 1/2 the size. I just looked up crab-eating raccoon...they're cute!! Much more slender than ours!!

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Was she native? It seems odd to mistake a species that people in the country feed on the roadsides....

We were lucky enough to see the crab eating raccoon, which looks so much different from our raccoons. Very amazing country. Lovely and friendly

Spotted by

Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.89, Long: -84.80

Spotted on Oct 10, 2010
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

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