Language English Photo: claudelafondphoto.com Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing featuresThe Pallas's long-tongued bat has a long, thin muzzle, a long tongue, a nose leaf and short ears. It varies in colour from pale grey to brown. ReproductionThese bats may reproduce twice a year. The length of gestation may vary depending on the season. The female bears one, or rarely two, young per clutch. DietPallas's long-tongued bats eat mainly insects, fruit, pollen, nectar and different parts of plants. PredatorsTheir enemies are raptors, owls, felines, snakes and sometimes even other bats. HabitatThey prefer to live in dry, open locations. They roost in caves, buildings, crevices in rocks and hollow tree trunks. These bats are found from Mexico to Paraguay, as well as in northern Argentina, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Ecology, behaviourAn infant is born hind feet first. From there, it shelters under one of its mother's forelimbs in order to nurse. After about one month, the young bat is able to fly and feed itself. Pallas's long-tongued bats hover in place while feeding on the nectar of flowers. It takes them just a few seconds to insert their tongues in a flower and drink the nectar. The species plays an important role in pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds. French nameGlossophage de Pallas Scientific nameGlossophaga soricinaPhylumChordataClassMammaliaOrderChiropteraFamilyPhyllostomidaeSizeLength: 5.3 to 6.5 cmWeightAverage: 10.5 gStatusNot enough information is available on populations in the wild to identify this species' status.