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National Geographic ( @natgeo )

9:30 PM Oct 16, 2017
Image by @joelsartore | The Pallas Long-tongued bat from @HoustonZoo is the star of this #pollinatormonday and can be found from Northern Mexico all the way to Paraguay and Argentina. This little bat is thought to have the fastest metabolism of all mammals, similar to that of the hummingbird. In a single day, this bat can use up to 50% of its stored fat! The Pallas long-tongued bat earned its name for one reason: it has a specially evolved tongue that makes collecting nectar a breeze. When the bat extends its tongue, blood rushes into the area and expands special hair-like barbs on the bat's tongue, causing these barbs to stand upright. The barbs function like a mop and allow the bat to pull a great amount of nectar into its mouth in a very short amount of time, making it a highly efficient snacker. Indeed, it lives almost entirely off of nectar and pollen but is known to eat pieces of fruit and insects as well. Its quest for nectar results in the transport of a great amount of pollen from one flower to the next on its fur and snout, allowing it to pollinate as many as 34 different species of fruits and flowers. Many plant species also rely on this bat for seed dispersal when they pass through the droppings, allowing reseeding that's automatically fertilized in the process. . . #bats #bat #pollinatorhero #pollinator #nature #conservation #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark

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  • @ikki548 7:25 AM Oct 21, 2017

    @carlosmp548 😍

  • @adventureofmuhammad 9:52 AM Oct 21, 2017

    Perhaps you can study about shrew. I thought they hv the fastest metabolism among mammals

  • @harolddetavernier 12:22 PM Oct 21, 2017

    @marielyneconinx

  • @supergheta 1:10 PM Oct 21, 2017

    @liviafavali

  • @ginasteinhilber 2:52 PM Oct 21, 2017

    @lexibreezy

  • @jessiefuentes812 4:19 PM Oct 21, 2017

    Is that a bat

  • @hannahruns_22 11:17 PM Oct 21, 2017

    So cutteeee 😍🦇

  • @cardinaldm16 1:33 AM Oct 22, 2017

    Trump?

  • @hk.jha 1:22 PM Oct 22, 2017

    Nice pic

  • @maffyouporter 1:22 PM Oct 22, 2017

    Nice 🦇

  • @leonfhl 1:30 PM Oct 22, 2017

    🦇

  • @surajskumar572 3:14 PM Oct 22, 2017

    🐲🐲

  • @mayu_pupik 3:45 PM Oct 22, 2017

    cute!

  • @proctor.terry 9:28 PM Oct 22, 2017

    One of my favorite kinds of critters!!

  • @mrs.nuna 11:00 PM Oct 22, 2017

    @pravtownusa @kelseylc4

  • @sumit_kumar_tumrali 7:20 AM Oct 23, 2017

    Beautiful picture

  • @lilorph 3:47 PM Oct 23, 2017

    ❤️😘

  • @izabellaspencer6 1:58 AM Oct 24, 2017

    Is that a fox bat?

  • @marina.anne.wood 9:00 PM Oct 24, 2017

    Fabulous photo!!

  • @laurarae28 1:11 AM Oct 25, 2017

    @truthbereal 😜

  • @xxbrmsx 7:44 AM Oct 25, 2017

    🙈🙈🙈

  • @thekrishnabk 5:05 PM Oct 25, 2017

    😎😎😎

  • @klaine_shipper1234 9:15 PM Oct 25, 2017

    I can just imagine that bat making a goat noise lol. His tongue says it all. 😂🤣

  • @norway_in_photo 1:49 AM Oct 26, 2017

    love her at your feet

  • @talentedmindset 7:11 AM Oct 26, 2017

    it's so cute

  • @joy_tom_350 7:11 PM Oct 26, 2017

    Lol... Creepy but cute💕

  • @breffsgay 1:31 PM Oct 27, 2017

    @luke.coughlan “highly efficient snacker”

  • @zocakz 4:41 PM Oct 27, 2017

    @galeerdas

  • @anatoly._.ivanov 10:48 AM Oct 29, 2017

    What kind of doge is that?

  • @usefulavocado 11:16 AM Oct 29, 2017

    @sasms1 look at this tiny dude

  • @kandregulagovind 12:22 PM Oct 29, 2017

    Cute

  • @mackaronimonday 1:04 PM Oct 29, 2017

    IT’S SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!

  • @ganda.hikmawan 12:38 AM Oct 31, 2017

    Wow.... It's great to understand on how this bat is working to ensure the balance of nature.

  • @holideos 5:45 PM Nov 12, 2017

    Beautiful

  • @bogue_david9423 6 days ago

    🦇 Bats are good creatures. They eat bugs like Mosquitoes, & gnats.

  • @lola.amdahl 4 days ago

    “Blu ray bitttch” @julianjosiahmacmillan