The straw-colored fruit bat is a megachiroptera, typically very large, about 5 to 8 inches (130 to 210 mm) in length. The neck and back are yellow-brown (hence, the name of straw-color), but the underside fur is a darker brown color. The wings are long and narrow, with a span of as much as 30 inches, allowing the bats to fly long distances. The bat has a long snout like a dog, large eyes and is popularly referred to as a flying fox. The male bat resembles the female but is slightly larger.