These bats are common in central Africa, but they can migrate to all of Africa, the Arabian peninsula south of the Sahara Desert and Madagascar.
They inhabit forest and savanna regions, in trees, caves and protected areas to elevations of 7000 feet.
9 months total, but embryonic development is only 4 to 5 months
Straw-colored fruit bats occupy a wide range of habitats. They are a very social animal, and roost in colonies, typically in trees, numbering over 100,000 individuals. Typically the fruit bat does not echolocate. The bat is nocturnal, and it seeks food at night, using its excellent senses of sight and smell. These fruit bats have a peculiar habit of chewing on soft wood, probably to obtain water and moisture.
The straw-colored fruit bat reaches sexual maturity at about 18 months of age. Mating occurs from April to June, but implantation of the embryo for development in the uterus is delayed to ensure birth of the single pup during September to October. This takes advantage of the rainy season, for the mating and birth processes, when food is more abundant. The female gives parental care, nursing her offspring until it is ready to forage on its own.
Flowers, fruits and fruit juices
Bananas, orange juice, diced orange and cottage cheese mixed with primate diet