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Habitat: South America. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Status: Data deficient

So if you were thinking that by not watching a scary movie tonight you would get a good night’s sleep sans nightmares… I apologize.This relatively newly discovered bat strikes fear deep in my heart. The Visored Bat (Sphaeronycteris toxophyllum) is named for the protrusion that sticks out over its grotesque snout. Literally if I could picture a Frankenstein version of a bat… this would be it.

As if the Amazon didn’t have enough to worry about with piranhas and giant tarantulas and god knows what else, now it’s got these things to worry about.