Little Red Flying Fox

Little Red Flying Fox

A species of megabat, the little red flying fox is the smallest flying fox native to mainland Australia.

Scientific Name Pteropus scapulatus

Classification – Pteropus

Length/Size – Wingspan 3 ft

Weight – 300–600 grams (11–21 oz)

Top Speed – 50 kilometers per hour

Life Expectancy – Average 4 years; as much as 17 years in captivity

Mating Season  March–April

Gestation Period – 120 to 180 days

Social Structure – Live in colonies, and form either paired or harem groups during the mating season

Geographical Distribution – Mainland Australia

Natural Habitat – Forests and mangroves

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Diet – Mostly pollen and nectar of blossoms

Predators – Carpet pythons, goannas, sea-eagles, powerful owls