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Wrinkle-faced Bat (Centurio senex) by Twan Leenders

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

Well alright then…maybe one more creepy animal before Halloween is over. Talk about a face only a mother can love! Twan took this picture several years ago during field work in El Salvador. This is a Wrinkle-faced Bat (Centurio senex – its scientific name loosely translates to ‘the 100-year old one’). In spite of its terrifying appearance, this guy is completely harmless. Its diet consists primarily of fruit and it eats by burying its entire face in its dinner. As it is gnawing away, the wrinkles on its face actually funnel the fruit juices to its mouth. Pretty neat as far as table manners go!

centurio senex - screen small