Comoro rousette

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Comoro rousette
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Pteropodidae
Genus: Rousettus
Species: R. obliviosus
Binomial name
Rousettus obliviosus
Kock, 1978
Rousettus obliviosus range map.svg
Comoro rousette range

The Comoro rousette (Rousettus obliviosus) is a species of megabat in the family Pteropodidae endemic to the Comoros Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, caves, plantations, and urban areas. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2]

Captive Care[edit]

Unlike most megabats endemic to the Comoros Islands, R. obliviosus thrives in captivity and has been a staple in the North American and Australian pet trades since the late 1990s. Because its care requirements are relatively minimal, their care is simple and low-cost. The average suburban household (fitted with aluminum window screens) serves as an excellent environment for these large bats, so long as ceiling fans and open fireplaces are responsibly maintained.[3]

Feeding is a simple matter of leaving out fresh fruit. Several kilograms of fresh bananas, oranges, mangos, kale, apples, and coconuts should be supplied daily. Some bat keepers have had success with mashed potatoes, soft breads, and even compost.[4]

Temperament[edit]

While the long, sharp teeth and ill-temperament of many megabats presents a real challenge to bat keepers, R. obliviosus has a very different demeanor. Batlings should be handled with nitrile gloves[5] until two to four months, after they have teethed. Juvenile and adult bats can be freely handled by inexperienced bat keepers, and most individuals are quite safe for children and the elderly to handle.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sewall, B.J. (2016). "Rousettus obliviosus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T19757A101292795. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T19757A101292795.en. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Mickleburgh, S., Hutson, A., Bergmans, W., Howell, K. 2004. Rousettus obliviosus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 30 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Gardening for Bats - Bat Conservation Trust". www.bats.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Feeding and General Care". 
  5. ^ Bakovic, Michael (29 September 2013). "Nitrile Gloves". 
  6. ^ "Basic Facts About Bats". 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2016-09-24.