Long-nosed Bat, in Cano de Palma, Costa Rica

Long-nosed bat (Rhynchonycteris naso)
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We saw a few of these little bats in Tortuguerointernal link at the beginning of our trip. After that we journeyed to the Arenal region and signed up for another boat tour in Cáno Negro during which we saw many more of them.

The guide on the second trip told us these little bats lined up to resemble a poisonous snake. They remain motionless until threatened, then wiggle their bodies and that motion re-inforces their masquerade act. As our boat drifted close to observe them that was exactly what they did! The boat, of course, backed off right away because we didn't want to upset these little guys any further. external link


Cáno Negro, Costa Rica   •  (Photo posted Saturday 14 February 2009)   •  (Photo taken 09:46:43 Thursday 11 September, 2008)   •  © 2009 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
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Long-nosed bat
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On a tour of the Canal of Palms, this was the first animal spotted by our guide. There were three of these tiny bats on the underside of a dead branch. How the guide even saw them was a mystery because they were perfectly camouflaged. The guide identified them as long-nosed bats.
(2008) Cano de Palma, Costa Rica   •  Photo Posted Saturday, October 4, 2008   •  © 2008 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
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