Honduran White Bats Are Fluffy Marshmallow Critters

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Habitat: Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and western Panama

So I know a lot of people have a fear of bats and I can see where that can come from, since the bats that you typically think of probably aren’t the most attractive or friendly. But if you don’t think this little bat is cute then I’m sorry there’s really something much more serious wrong with you.At just 37-47 mm long, this teeny-tiny bat reminds me of those marshmallows you put in your hot cocoa.

These little marshmallows are quite the craftsmen which is why their other name is the Honduran White Tent Bat. They cut the side veins of the Heliconia plant, causing them to fold down and form a large “tent.” They cling to the roof of the tent in small colonies (usually around a dozen) with one male and several females.

This bat really had a “camping theme” going on. Tents. Marshmallows. What a cute animal!

Now I want to go camping in hopes to find them!

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  • Donald

    I think they’re… cugely. Like adorable little fluffballs dressed up for Halloween. Seriously, it looks like they’ve made their ears and noses out of dried leaves, and their arms out of flower stalks.

    Little guy to the left in the third pic looks like a sleeping piglet. Definitely the cutest bat I ever saw.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16080881328141294847 Omar

    Thanks for sharing such a cute creatures!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10994449499565363257 CarlyB

    @Donald: I love how you described them! Little fluffballs dresssed up for Halloween really gives a great image haha.
    @Omar: My pleasure! :)

  • Peggy

    Oh, those are so darling! I love all bats, but those are really something special.

  • Anonymous

    no need to be condescendingly sorry, and no, there isn’t anything wrong with me.

  • Anonymous

    Carly these bats are almost as cute as you are. though I have to say that I think the common fruit bat is better looking. Way back when I would catch the fruit bats near home, I wouldn’t keep them for more then an hour or so but it was always a good time.

  • http://www.mammalsrus.com ateeq ahmad

    such unbelievably cute creatures! It is a shame that Chiroptera is so feared by humans and the dwindling populations makes one sad indeed!

  • Anonymous

    it’s so FLUFFY!!!!!
    I love these little guys so much. Thanks for the post, it made my night :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10994449499565363257 CarlyB

    So happy you’re enjoying these cottonballs of cute everyone! :)

  • http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com Crafty Green Poet

    these are adorable, so cute and such a lovely colour scheme!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16941846553980567347 Tricia

    They look remarkably similar to Peeps. Wonder if they make your teeth ache like Peeps do?

  • Anonymous

    Ectophylla alba!!! I did a science fair project about them in highschool. Sooo presh

  • Anonymous

    Hi CarlyB,
    I agree with you that these bats are utterly adorable, IMO, BUT, truth be told, I think all mammals, animals, and amphibians are adorable, in their own way! As a fellow Psychology student I feel it’s a bit anti-productive to assume that there’s “something wrong with a person” just because they don’t share your (our) view point…in retrospect don’t you agree? One can “know how useful spiders are to our ecosystem, yet that doesn’t reverse their innate arachnophobia, right? Perhaps you’re just being facetious, but jokes shouldn’t insult peoples sensibilities…especially over things which they might have lil’ control…hmm?!
    What r u’r thoughts?
    Janice (PreK teacher)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08350655786213804176 Krishenka

    What a treat to see these little beauties, great pictures. We are trying to get a barn owl to fly and have been feeding every four hours for the past few weeks ( he is 6 weeks old now) and it is so exciting I have a post on my blog about him we called him Owlexandre Dumas

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08772026723478498726 Charlotte Moss

    They are so cute! I love bats :)

  • Anonymous

    I just want to pop one of these sweeties in my mouth… and I am vegetarian! yikes.

  • Anonymous

    cute but if i touched a leaf that they were camping in and they all started to fly away id start doing a mad swat and probably end up killing a bunch of them

  • Anonymous

    I’ve alway’s thought bats were cute but these are just unreal! So so beautiful!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05527414067276837204 adrianjwp

    they look like they have pig noses lol.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05270277487584107628 antofprodigy

    real cute~~~ love it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02665401479801162821 Pistola

    i like to touch them!
    they look weird yet adorable!

  • Anonymous

    they look like Pokemon

  • http://stinebaugh.info DanielS

    They’re totally cute! I wonder what they taste like?!

    Nah really they look like those little puffball aliens I used to get when I sold x amount of magazine subscriptions at my school.

    Still cute though!

  • http://www.fastbutter.com Deitel

    Looks something like bats and pokemons, or is it baby bats? Albino bats I mean?

    Batmans children…

  • http://www.nspcc.org.uk/get-involved/get-your-company-involved/who-supports-us/bright-house/bright-house-corporate-partner_wda76614.html Becky

    Omg thats so cute!! Want some now 😛

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10650150908423602831 Pepita

    These photos brought smiles to my face. The bats are simply adorable! Thank you for sharing them here.

  • http://theolric.terbaek.com/ theolric

    I stumbled and find this page. I watched lots of documanteries on Nat Geo and discovery channel and other channels too, but never saw white bats. They are so lovely and small. Thanks admin…And thanks stumble…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16170837065395786053 The Dalai Farmer

    I don’t understand why everyone isn’t fascinated by bats. They are so diverse in habitat and form, and they’re all a bit weird – but cute and fluffy at the same time! AND they don’t get caught in your hair.

    They have some at our local Zoo and they are fascinating – although not cute little white sweeties!

  • http://www.yesilporno.com willyman

    They have some at our local Zoo and they are fascinating – although not cute little white sweeties!

  • Anonymous

    One such is the Two-Legged Miracle Pig Of China.

  • Anonymous

    They are so cute. I wonder how did they fit in one leaves lol.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05564022639530423715 Anneliese

    They are soooo cute :) Are those tiny things adults?

  • Anonymous

    they are just simpaly georgus

  • Alena

    They are disgusting! My guess is that no one who posted here ever had one of those living in their homes. It’s not that pleasant. Imagine a rat that lives in your home that will never leave unless you burn down the place, and it squirms and sheets constantly… Is it still adorable?

    • Shannon S. Thibodeaux

      Squirms and shits constantly… you mean like babies? Or kittens? Or any living mammal on earth? Rats are not unpleasant animals btw, many people have them as pets and they are intelligent and quite amazing creatures. You seem like an absolute animal hater and I don’t understand why you are here exactly?

      • Emmett Facas

        ’cause they’re an arsehole xD

      • Sarah (Le Majestic Mythical Be

        I had two rats and they were awesome pets…. And yes, pretty much EVERY animal squirms and craps. Lol xD

    • myotis

      That’s a gross exaggeration. If you’d taken the time to research even a little, excluding bats from one’s home is a simple, inexpensive process. As for removing them, there are rescuer locators who will help you find someone to come get bats out of your house for free. We do it for the bats, and sadly, a part of that is to keep them safe from people like you. Lots of people drive for miles on their own dime, pay for expensive medications, veterinarian support, rehab equipment, maintain the complex and even more expensive facilities to house bats for as long as necessary – ours houses them for life, which is around twenty five years, if they can’t be released – so the help is there. You just didn’t bother to seek it out. Or fix the holes in your house.

    • Amy Uni

      I have had a pet bat before, and I have three rats. So idk what you’re talking about, they’re adorable.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16904593852245820885 Jessica

    Pshaw. I have had bats in the house before. And that is not true. There are ways to prevent them from getting in the house in the first place. Mostly it requires maintenance from the homeowner. Replace cracked windows, walls, foundations; install a screen on chimneys. The only reason it would make noise and squirm is if it is trying to get out and it is trapped. Additionally you should be thankful for all the pests they eat. Bats are one of the best mosquito deterrents out there. That is why so many people invest in hanging bat roosts on their properties. You are entitled to feel like they look ugly but please do not propagate misinformation on bats.

    As for these images, I have never seen a bat I didn’t think was cute. One of the jobs I wanted as a little girl was to work in the Nocturnal House with the bats. But these tip the too precious right off the scale.


    • myotis

      On the mosquito thing: a recent study found that bats usually don’t even get a chance to eat all the mosquitoes in an area, because once the bats move in, the mosquitoes FLEE. Best mosquito deterrent indeed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10845069761545276963 McFingon

    I like bats and would never do anything to harm them. These photos might just help their bad rep

  • jisana

    so cuuute.:)

  • http://www.fajasshapewear2.co.cc shapewear

    they are cute and fluffy and ugly at the same time. very interesting creatures.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03885145209900097105 Angel

    very cute :))

  • http://danielwhiteblogs.blogspot.com Daniel White

    So cute.

  • Anonymous

    Aw, so cute^^
    I actually did a report on these guys, and it was fun looking for pictures of them.

  • http://www.chefbabait.com home chef

    Looks very nice and cozy

  • audra2012

    SO CAYOOOOT!!!!! They look like little cotton balls…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17449450909636237881 Bubblegum Post

    Carly, we love your website and these tiny bats. We’ve featured your website and the bats on Bubblegum Post here: http://bubblegumpost.com/2011/06/3063/

    It’s the first entry in our new nature category.

    Enjoy your much needed vacation!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10994449499565363257 CarlyB

    @Bubblegum Post – thank you SO much! I’m honored :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14606326756082879691 Rajesh
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    Cuter than the bat who flew into my head the other day.

  • Anonymous

    Ive allways loved bats, but these are TOO CUTE!!! They remind me of extera fluffy marshmallows!

  • http://www.quipidity.com Claire

    I’ve never seen anything like them before, so cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15721238240881551457 Marina Isaac

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks they look like tiny fluffy piglets!

  • https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1759392716 eilene1226

    I don’t know if you will see this comment for the givaway, but not only did I share this on facebook, but I showed this to my high school science classes and they loved it!


  • eggbomb7

    OMG! I wish I could hold one of them in my hand and pet their marshmallow fur. I think it’s funny how they are “camping bats”! :)

  • Anonymous

    Awwwww! look at the little fluffy thingy! he’s sooo cute! i wanna hug him and squeeze him and call him George! one of my fave animals are bats but this is out of this world! awwww! i like the first pic with a bunch of them on a leaf.

  • Anonymous

    hi, same anonymous as the one over this,
    there soooooooo cute and marshmallowy! i saw a bat (not as cute as this one) on halloween, funny because i was dressed as a vampire! lol!

  • Anonymous

    again the anonymous over this article,
    like another anonymous said, i am a vegitarian and i still wanna pop one of these in my mouth! they’r sooooo cute!
    p.s. i don’t care if i spelt they’r wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Good heavens how do you find out about these things?

    I like this site. It’s like discovering a new planet.

  • Sarah (Le Majestic Mythical Be

    Oh goodness. These are my new favorite animal. They’re so fluffy I’m gonna die! 😀

  • Canadian Voyageurs

    Those are just adorable. Never seen or heard of white bats – thanks for sharing this!