Vampire Bat

Desmodus rotundus

It is a common misconception that vampire bats suck blood. They actually cut a tiny slit in an animal’s skin with their razor-sharp front teeth and lap up the blood. Chemicals in the bat’s saliva prevent clotting so the blood flows freely until it has had its fill, which is generally less than an ounce.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: 2.8 to 3.8 in
weightWeight: Up to 1.6 oz
lifespanLifespan: Up to 9 yrs in wild; 20 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Rainforest, scrub, and desert
dietDiet: Mammal blood