This article was originally published on October 20, 2015.
Everyone has an opinion regarding bats, which makes them rather polarizing. When you see a bat face, you could be intrigued by the creature, or purely terrified of it.
Dr. Merlin Tuttle, an ecologist and founder of Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation, is someone who is intrigued by bats. He has spent his life traveling the globe to learn more about these winged critters and their role in nature.
Through photography, he’s observed thousands of bat species up close (he’s even had a few fly up his shirt and pant leg), and has learned there’s lots to appreciate about these creatures.
The Secret Lives of Bats
In Tuttle's book, The Secret Lives of Bats, he tells his personal story of dedicating his life to changing the preconceived notions about bats. Often, it’s said we need to come face-to-face with our fears to overcome them. And photos can sometimes do just that.
Our Favorite Bat Faces
While these photos do not come from Tuttle, hopefully you'll find them intriguing just as we do.
1. Vampire Bat
Probably the most well-known bat of all time is the infamous vampire bat. Desmodus rotundus lives in Central and South America and is famed for drinking the blood of other animals for survival. Not surprisingly, the vampire bat tops our list despite its deadly fangs.
2. Eastern Tube-Nosed Bat
That brings us to our second choice, Nyctimene robinsoni. More commonly referred to as the Eastern Tube nosed bat. This species resides in forests along the Queensland coastal region of Australia and is known for having prolonged nostrils and can be distinguished by its brilliant yellow polka dots.
3. Grey Long-Eared Bat
Last, but certainly not least, is Plecotus austriacus. Better known as the grey long-eared bat. This genus lives in southern Europe. What makes this bat so striking is that its ears are nearly as long as its body.