The Large or Malayan Flying Fox

The Impressive Flying Fox

Flying foxes are fascinating bats. As their name suggests, they look somewhat like foxes which have developed wings and taken to the air. They have pointed, fox-like faces with large eyes and small ears. The large or Malayan flying fox of Southeast Asia is a giant of the bat world and has a wingspan of up to six feet. In North America, the term "flying fox" often refers to this animal.

Flying foxes belong to the family Pteropodidae. At least 170 species exist, the exact number depending on the classification scheme that's used. They are also known as fruit bats, since their diet consists of fruits and other plant parts, and as megabats, since their fam